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Blue Light Report - July / August 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.

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**Project Update**  For almost a decade, the final leg of Keystone XL (KXL), which would transport oil from Alberta, Canada to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast, has been delayed, unable to the gain final approval from the U.S. State Department and the state of Nebraska. After the Trump administration and the Nebraska government gave their approval in 2017, activists sued to stop construction. TransCanada is still trying to salvage the 2019 construction season. If pre-construction is granted by March 15, pipeline work could begin in August.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is a 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline running from Hardisty, Alberta to Steel City, Nebraska. Once complete, KXL will allow market hubs in the Midwest and as far south as Texas access to approximately 1.1 million barrels of crude oil daily. This is nearly double the capacity of the current Keystone system. The $7 billion pipeline expansion will spark tremendous economic growth, support thousands of jobs for local laborers, generate millions in annual property tax revenue and strengthen American energy security. 

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