- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire supporters of a 1,100-mile-plus pipeline that would carry oil from Canada into the United States are holding a rally and barbecue on the Statehouse lawn.

Called “The New Hampshire Energy Forum,” the event is being held at noon Wednesday and is being emceed by state Rep. Laurie Sanborn, a Bedford Republican.

It is being co-hosted by several local union groups, such as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Teamsters, the American Council of Engineering Companies, and the Plumbers and Steamfitters.

Supporters say the Keystone XL pipeline means a new energy resource for the country and will create thousands of new jobs.

Critics dispute the notion that the pipeline would create many permanent jobs or have a substantial economic impact. They also fear it could contaminate groundwater.

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