XL Pipeline Debate Continues in Washington

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By Alison Henderson
The final public hearing to debate the 1,700-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, which will transport oil from Canada to Texas, took place Friday in Washington.

Voices of opposition and support were both present during the meeting, according to a report from The Guardian.

The creation of the pipeline is expected to introduce over 120,000 temporary jobs, according to an LA Times report. Supporters argue the project will increase capital and decrease dependence on foreign fuels.

An Environmental Impact Statement issued by the State Department stated that 'no significant impact" would be made, but many fear that present problems like leaks and tar pits, will only get worse.

"Wringing oil out of oil sands is a more intense process than tapping it through a conventional oil well," according to a CNN report. "Oil sands are mined like coal -- in massive open pits. These pits can leech toxins into waterways."

In terms of quality, the process is often compared to wringing out the beer from a bar rug and drinking it.

The debate is dividing Obama's political platform and will challenge supporters based on the administration's decision. Several donors have already threatened to stop support if the pipeline is approved, according to a Washington Post report.

The administration is set to make a final decision by the end of November.

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