John Baird pushes Obama administration on Keystone pipeline

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is asking the Obama administration to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline immediately.

Baird issued the statement while speaking at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce luncheon. He has been in D.C. the past week meeting with supporters for the pipeline.

Baird cited the upcoming construction season as a reason for immediate decision.

The pipeline was first proposed by TransCanada in 2005. If built, it will transport crude oil from the oil sands in northern Alberta to Nebraska.

President Obama has long faced pressure to make a decision on the pipeline.

If the American government ultimately rejects the pipeline, TransCanada CEO Russ Girling has said his company will look into transporting the oil via the more dangerous method of rail.

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