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4:01 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Pressure Mounting on President Over Pipeline Decision

Cushing would be the XL Pipeline's hub
Cushing would be the XL Pipeline's hub
Credit OETA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama faces mounting pressure to decide whether to approve Keystone XL, a $7 billion proposed oil pipeline between Alberta and Gulf Coast refineries in the U.S.

Environmental activists and oil producers have fought for years over the potential environmental impact in states the pipeline will cross, including through Oklahoma. But it's really a proxy battle over broader issues, like climate change and energy consumption.

Both sides consider Obama's decision a sign of what approach he'll take to energy and the environment in his second term.

Opponents have been protesting in Washington and Texas. On Capitol Hill, support appears to be building. A bipartisan group of senators is urging Obama to approve the pipeline quickly.

After Obama rejected the initial proposal in January, the pipeline's route was adjusted around Nebraska's Sandhills to satisfy some environmental concerns. If approved the Keystone XL pipeline will run through Oklahoma's Cushing hub.