A pipeline to move petroleum products between the US and Canada was approved by the Obama administration.
But it's not the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The Vantage Pipeline was given the OK by the State Department.
The pipeline will move ethane from Tioga through Saskatchewan to near Edmonton, Alberta.
The Vantage Pipeline will span 430 miles and carry close to 60,000 barrels per day.
North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, who has been pushing the president to approve the Keystone XL project, says the Vantage Pipeline will help cut down on flaring of natural gas at North Dakota oil wells.
(Sen. John Hoeven, -R- ND) "Ironically Keystone XL Pipeline gets all the attention because we've been working on it for five years but today we got approval for the Vantage Pipeline which we've been working on for three years. It will take gas from the gas plant in Tioga up to Edmonton. This is a big deal, it will help reduce flaring and give value to our natural gas."
Hoeven says the Vantage Pipeline will help build energy security for the US and Canada.
The approval announced today is for the US portion of the pipeline.
The Canadian part of the project was approved more than a year ago.