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Mullin: Obama "Running Out Of Excuses" On Pipeline Approval

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U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-Dist. 2) returns to Washington soon after a break in Oklahoma.

Before the trip back, he stopped by KTUL to talk about the Keystone XL pipeline project. If completed, the pipeline would carry heavy crude oil from Canada, through Cushing, Okla. and on to the Gulf Coast.

Work is already underway on the portion that will lead from Oklahoma to Texas. Mullin said President Barack Obama is running out of reasons not to approve the rest of the pipeline from Oklahoma to Canada.

"All the studies have come back, the environmental studies have come back, it's all clear," Mullin said.  The Senate has supported it, they passed measures that are veto-proof. The House supports it, both sides, it's a bi-partisan approach."

Mullin also argued for the amount of money and jobs the project will create, citing that the project is privately funded. Still, Mullin believes environmentalists have the President's ear.

Last week, anywhere between 5,000 and 10,000 barrels of heavy crude leaked out of an ExxonMobil pipeline in central Arkansas. The crude bubbled up from the ground and rolled across yards, driveways and streets near Mayflower.

Mullin called the accident an unfortunate event, but said the risk of a spill when transporting oil via pipeline was much lower than when it's shipped via ship, rail or highway.

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