North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven and Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer met Wednesday with North Dakota trade representatives in Bismarck, saying TransCanada's proposed oil pipeline will help provide energy security and economic growth for both nations.
The Keystone XL pipeline project would move 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to Texas' Gulf Coast refineries, passing through Nebraska. It would also move 100,000 barrels of domestic oil daily from North Dakota's Bakken region.
The project has lingered for more than five years. Backers say it would create jobs and boost North American energy independence. Those opposed are concerned about the potential environmental threat.