NEW YORK The
U.S. State Department has approved a presidential permit to
build an 80-mile leg of a natural gas pipeline from the United
States to Canada.
"The Vantage Pipeline
is another major piece of infrastructure that will help us
build our North American energy security partnership with our
closest friend and ally, Canada," Sen. John Hoeven (R., N.D.)
said in a statement.
The completed pipeline
will be 430 miles long and capable of carrying up to 60,000
barrels of ethane natural gas per day from Tioga, N.D., to
Empress, Alberta. Its construction is expected to inject some
$300 million into the U.S. and Canadian economies.
The pipeline took three years to approve, while TransCanada
Corp. is still waiting for a presidential permit to build the
Keystone XL pipeline after five years, Hoeven said.