Posted: Apr 17, 2013 8:22 PM by Angela Douglas - MTN News
BILLINGS - A final public hearing on the proposed Keystone Pipeline is set for tomorrow in Grand Island, Nebraska.
The state department hearing offers a final chance for public input on the project, before a final decision that's expected sometime soon.
Meantime, Secretary of State John Kerry isn't tipping his hand on the project, one way or the other.
On Wednesday, Secretary of State Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that he is staying "as far away" as he can from the state department review, that's according to a report from marketwatch.com.
When asked why the Obama administration "continues to stall" a decision on the proposed pipeline, Kerry told the committee that there is no stalling going on and that they are simply following legal procedures required.
The $5.3 billion pipeline would carry Canadian tar sands oil to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast, traveling through eastern Montana.
Although the proposed pipeline has stirred up major controversy, both of Montana's U.S. Senators support the Keystone pipeline and say it's go time.
Last month, Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester introduced the "Northern Route Approval Act" to approve the project.
The bill is gaining momentum following a fourth environment review from the state department indicates "no significant impact to the environment."
This week a House subcommittee is considering the bill to give the Keystone XL pipeline the green light.