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Keystone XL Pipeline

The Keystone XL pipeline under construction in North Dakota. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government and Alberta Premier Alison Redford have aggressively lobbied U.S. politicians ahead of the Obama administration’s decision, likely this summer, whether to approve the $5.3-billion TransCanada Corp. project.

If it's built, TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline will bring crude oil from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. First proposed in 2005, the pipeline would carry oil from Hardisty, Alta., to Steele City, Neb. The controversial pipeline faces environmental and political opposition -- and also brings hope to many along its route. A long-awaited decision from the Obama administration is expected later this year.

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