Sen. Baucus Seeking Keystone Pipeline Meeting with President

By Beacon Staff

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso and Sen. Max Baucus of Montana are among a group of lawmakers seeking to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss the future of the Keystone XL pipeline extension.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Tuesday that they and 16 other lawmakers signed a Nov. 16 letter asking for a meeting on the pipeline.

It would take Canadian crude to Louisiana through states including Montana and South Dakota.

Calgary-based TransCanada proposed the extension in 2008 and Congress passed a bill last year mandating a decision on the project. However, the president rejected the application because he said the deadline didn’t allow for a proper review.

Even though the pipeline won’t pass through Wyoming, Barrasso said its residents understand that such energy projects can create good jobs.

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