Decision time for Keystone, Baird tells U.S. lawmakers

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Murphy, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:17 PM ET

WASHINGTON ─ Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says it's "decision time " for Keystone XL ─ a project that's been stalled for more than five years in the United States by political squabbling and federal reviews.

Baird was in Washington on Wednesday lobbying for the $5.3 billion pipeline to finally receive approval from the White House ─ and a decision may be on the horizon.

A final environmental report by the State Department is scheduled to be released in the weeks following U.S. President Barack Obama's state of the union address on Jan. 28.

Following that, "the president will be in a position to move forward on this important decision," Baird said.

The State Department is reviewing the application because the project ─ which would carry crude oil from Alberta bitumen to Texas refineries ─ would cross an international border. Obama has the final say on the project's fate.


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