February 11, 2014
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Canadian officials show interest in rerouting Keystone through Alaska

Sen. Murkowski hasn’t commented on whether she supports alternative route with Alaska terminus

ANCHORAGE:  With a possible presidential veto looming over the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, Canadian officials have begun to look for other oil export options. According to the ADN, Alaska has emerged as a possible destination for the Canadian oil. Bloomberg Business reported of a proposed pipeline that would run through the Mackenzie River Valley and end in Valdez.

“This is exciting news because a pipeline to Alaska could create local jobs and offset lost oil capital to Alberta,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Although the revised route could create local construction and maintenance jobs, particularly in Valdez, Senator Murkowski has not said whether she will push for a pipeline to Alaska instead of Texas.