- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin is calling on the Obama Administration to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Fallin renewed calls to approve the project Friday after the State Department released a study raising no major environmental objections to the project. The crude oil pipeline would run through Cushing and connect oil reserves in Canada to markets throughout the United States, ending on the Gulf Coast.

Fallin says the pipeline project is important to the nation’s energy security as well as individual state economies. She says that in Oklahoma alone, the pipeline represents a billion dollar investment with the potential to create thousands of jobs.

Oil began moving last week on a portion of the pipeline connecting Oklahoma to Texas and Fallin says it’s time to approve the rest.

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