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Questions have been raised recently about the Keystone XL pipeline project, so we wanted to make some points clear.

By way of background, in September 2008, TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP filed an application for a Presidential permit with the U.S. Department of State to build and operate the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. It would consist of a 1700-mile pipeline and related facilities that connect the oil sands region of Alberta, Canada to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Executive Order 13337 directs the State Department to review applications for Presidential permits for proposed oil pipeline projects that would cross an international border.  Pursuant to this Executive Order, the State Department will make a National Interest Determination, taking into account foreign policy, energy security, environmental, safety and economic concerns.

As part of that process, the State Department will seek views on national interest from other federal agencies and the public. The Department of Energy has not taken a position with respect to the National Interest Determination for the Keystone XL pipeline, nor has the State Department made a decision on the permit.   

In coming months, the State Department will solicit public feedback and opinions, both online and in public meetings, including in the six states the proposed project would traverse.  The State Department reports that it is on track to make a decision by the end of this year.  The Administration is committed to maintaining the integrity of a transparent, impartial and rigorous process.