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Sat July 28, 2012

Pipeline Cleared

HOUSTON (AP) — A Canadian company that wants to build an oil pipeline from Alberta's tar sands region to Texas refineries now has a final permit for the Gulf Coast portion of the project.

TransCanada announced Friday that construction on the 485-mile section of pipeline would begin in the coming weeks.

President Barack Obama encouraged the company to pursue the segment that will run from a refinery in Cushing, Oklahoma to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico after he rejected the broader plan. Obama said the Keystone XL pipeline needed to be rerouted around Nebraska's sensitive Sand Hills region. For that project, TransCanada needs presidential approval because it crosses an international border. The shorter portion only requires permits from state and federal agencies.

The shorter line will help relieve a bottleneck at Oklahoma's biggest pipeline hub.

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