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Pushing for Keystone

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Montana's lieutenant governor visited Sidney today, continuing his push for the Keystone-XL Pipeline to be approved by the federal government.

Keystone is designed to bring oil from Canada across the US to Texas.

Permits have been applied for for five years, but supporters say the Obama administration is refusing to make a decision on them.

Today, a group called the Montana Energy Forum held an event to promote the pipeline.

Among the speakers was Lieutenant Governor John Walsh of Montana.

He says Keystone will not only move Canadian oil to U-S refineries, it will also provide a path for oil from the Bakken region to get to market.

(Lt. Gov. John Walsh, Montana) "It's going to provide the on-ramp for oil coming out of the Bakken so that will create jobs while the pipeline is being built and with that on-ramp will provide additional jobs for Montana."

Another speaker at today's event said there are thousands of jobs waiting to be filled by the building and maintenance of the Keystone Pipeline.

Union representative Scott Smith says pipe fitters and others can use the work.

(Scott Smith, United Association Representative) "It's a big project, it's a great opportunity. The project will be constructed with the best material, frankly using the best people on the planet to do it, which are out of the united association local 798."

Another energy forum will be held tomorrow in Williston with North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley scheduled to speak during the noon-time event.

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