(Updates number of arrests in second paragraph.)
Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said that TransCanada Corp.’s proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline is in the country’s “collective national interest.”
He made the comment in a statement from Ottawa today, where more than 100 people were arrested during a protest against the project. Keystone would link Alberta’s oilsands to refineries in the U.S. if the American government approves it, in a decision due by the end of the year.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman Sgt. Marc Menard confirmed the number of arrests in a telephone interview.
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