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Washington Post: Keystone XL Pipeline Would Add Link in U.S.-Canada Trade Relations

Author: Steven Mufson
July 6, 2012


At the remote border crossing north of here, two stern U.S. border guards emerged from their spanking new post to check passports. There wasn't another person or car in sight. An uninterrupted sea of prairie stretched in every direction.

On the Canadian side, the nearest town is Val Marie, the entrance to Grasslands National Park and home to 137 people. On the U.S. side, it's Loring, population nine — not counting the dog called mayor.

"The border is 16 miles away, and in between, there are 4,000 Angus cattle and 3,000 acres of farmland and that's about it," said Kenny Clark, a mechanic and oil worker who lives in Loring with his wife, two children and parents.

Soon, there might be one more thing: TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. The company wants to run its controversial new pipeline not far from this outpost.

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