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US edges closer to approving pipeline

IMPACTS WEIGHED:A report said the oil pipeline would have a lesser environmental impact than using rail, trucks or barges, irking environmentalists who oppose the plan

AP, Washington

Kerry has promised a “fair and transparent” review of the plan and said he hopes to decide on the project in the “near term.” Most observers do not expect a decision until summer at the earliest.

Canadian Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver said on Friday that Canada will respect the US review process and noted the importance of the pipeline to the Canadian economy.

“Canada’s continued prosperity will be determined by our ability to diversify markets for our energy products,” Oliver said.

Obama’s initial rejection of the pipeline last year went over badly in Canada, which relies on the US for 97 percent of its energy exports.

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