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Keystone pipeline project up in the air

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (02/07/2014) - It's been a controversial idea since it was introduced five years ago, but now the debate is heating up over the possible Keystone XL Pipeline project.

Opponents say building the Keystone XL Pipeline will contribute to global warming, and create the potential for a spill on American land.  But supporters say the project will create jobs and improve the United States relationship with Canada.

"For now, for this moment in history, this is the right decision for our country," said Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH).

Democratic Congresswoman Kaptur supports the project.  She said it will help the United States with a very important goal.

"We as a continent and particularly this country need to become energy-independent. Underline independent," she said.

The 1,179 mile, $7 billion proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. Along the way, it would connect with existing pipelines.  

Republican Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) also supports the project and said we have to act quickly.

"The Canadians right now are saying if we don't run that pipeline through the United States, they'll run it through Canada to the East Coast which means, we're going to lose American jobs," Latta said.

Latta said the pipeline project would benefit the country and many people in Ohio.

"We have companies in Northwest Ohio that make different parts and equipment that's used up in Canada to bring that oil out, so we're talking about jobs in our own backyard in Northwest Ohio to keep our folks working," Latta said.

Members of Congress, and other groups, have voiced their opinions on the Keystone XL Pipeline project, but one person who has not is President Obama. His administration said there are still a lot of factors to consider before making a final decision.

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