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Canada has backup plans for XL: official

Keywords: Tags  Keystone XL, David Ramsay, Northwest Territories, OTC, Thorsten Schier

HOUSTON — Canada’s Northwest Territories has alternative proposals for getting Alberta crude to world markets if TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline does not get approval, a top government official said at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston.

"We believe that if Keystone (XL) continues to flounder, if it doesn’t get the necessary approvals from the American government and the state governments, we will have options squarely on the table," David Ramsay, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment for the Northwest Territories, told conference attendees.

These options include a pipeline built by the U.S. government in Alberta during World War II going west into Yukon as well as Enbridge Inc.’s Norman Wells pipeline from Alberta into the Northwest Territories, Ramsay said.

The U.S. State Department recently released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (DSEIS) for the revised route of Keystone XL, though the Environmental Protection Agency has criticized parts of the review (, April 25).

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