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Department of Mineral Resources Still Sees Need for Pipeline

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The Keystone Pipeline could be a pipe dream if the Canadian Prime Minister's letter is unanswered.

In late August, Prime Minister Harper sent a letter to President Obama proposing a joint action between the two countries to reduce greenhouse emissions. President Obama has not responded to the letter, but North Dakota energy leaders maintain the need for a pipeline.

"We need Keystone XL. We need Sandpiper, rail transportation. We need all of those expansions. But this is going to be an important piece. You have to remember, we will be doing this Bakken and Three Forks drilling thing for the next 20 years, and it's going to be important that we can put Bakken crude oil in Cushing, Oklahoma," says Department of Mineral Resources director Lynn Helms.

Helms says the pipeline would create jobs, could reduce greenhouse emissions by cutting back the use of rail and truck transportation and provide economic growth for the state.

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