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Opinion

April 24, 2013

Pipeline’s latest challenge

NORMAN — It’s not unusual for state and federal agencies to disagree.

Having a public disagreement between two federal agencies is a bit different.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. State Department have issued different opinions on the impact the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would have on mid-America.

The State Department, which has to sign off on the pipeline since it connects Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries, believes Keystone will have minimal environmental impact.

The EPA, however, objects to the plan, detailing greenhouse gas emissions, pipeline safety and alternative routes. President Obama has said he will decide the pipeline’s fate, possibly as early as this summer.

Meanwhile, activists, including some from Norman, have moved to civil disobedience in an attempt to delay the pipeline and call attention to potential environmental problems.

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