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Groups still sparring over Keystone XL

Published by Steve Coleman on September 23, 2011

Union leaders and Alberta business groups and politicians are still at loggerheads over Trans Canada proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

While union representatives were lobbying on Parliament Hill Thursday to try and convince federal politicians to put a plug in the proposed pipeline, Alberta groups were saying the project's potential to create jobs in the province should be obvious.

"It's great for Canada. It's great for the U.S.," said Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers President David Collyer in a CBC news story. "It's going to benefit both countries. It's going to help economic development, it's going to create jobs and we should be very, very pleased in Canada that we've got a market right next door to us in the United States that wants our oil."

The three candidates running for the Alberta PC Party leadership also threw their support behind the proposed project, as did Alberta's Wild Rose Party.

Supporters say there's no reason to believe the Oil Sands can't sustain jobs in both Canada and the United States.

The proposed pipeline would carry bitumen from Alberta to Texas refineries. American opponents say the majority of the oil refined will be sold overseas.

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