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Harper Says Obama’s Comments on Keystone Were Non-Committal

November 04, 2011

Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said comments by President Barack Obama on TransCanada Corp.’s planned $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline were non- committal, and reiterated that he believes the project is in the interests of both countries.

Harper was speaking to reporters in Cannes, France, where he attended a meeting of leaders from Group of 20 countries.

The U.S. State Department, which has jurisdiction over the project because it crosses an international border, is expected to make a decision by the end of the year. Obama said Nov. 2 that jobs created by the pipeline wouldn’t be worth the health and safety consequences if a spill contaminated water supplies.

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