McCaskill praises revised Keystone pipeline plan

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In response to Monday’s news that TransCanada would move forward with construction on part of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, Missouri’s Democratic Senator announced her support for the project going forward.
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“This is good news for American jobs, and a good step toward increasing energy production right here at home,” Sen. Claire McCaskill said in a written statement. “Missouri families getting squeezed by higher gas prices deserve to know that we’re doing everything possible to strengthen America’s energy security.”

After President Barack Obama came out against a plan last month to build a larger pipeline extending from Texas to the Canadian border in Montana, TransCanada decided to go forward with the southern leg of the pipeline in Oklahoma and Texas – a plan that does not require federal approval.

TransCanada’s revised plan will cost roughly $2.3 billion, create nearly 4,000 jobs and is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Plans for a larger pipeline were nixed last month amid concerns from environmental groups.