Jim Prentice says veto will not be the end of Keystone XL

In Washington for meetings, Alberta premier says discussion will continue on contested pipeline

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

WASHINGTON — Alberta’s premier says he’s optimistic that a presidential veto won’t spell the end of the Keystone XL pipeline debate in the United States.

Jim Prentice is in the U.S. capital for meetings on a variety of subjects, including the controversial pipeline.

He says everything he’s hearing suggests President Barack Obama will veto a Keystone bill that just made it through Congress — and that the discussion will continue.

Prentice says the likely next step is that lawmakers will attach a pipeline provision to other legislation and send it to the president. One Republican has already mused that Keystone could become part of a big infrastructure-funding bill.

Prentice held more than a half-dozen meetings on Monday in Washington during a U.S. trip.

His interlocutors included the head of the World Bank, the chief-operating officer of the Inter-American Development Bank, lawmakers, think-tanks, the Washington Post editorial board, and members of the Obama administration.

One of those administration members is the State Department official gathering input for the soon-to-be-completed Keystone regulatory process, which is separate from the legislation in Congress.

In his meetings, Prentice repeatedly promoted Alberta’s attempts to reduce emissions from the oilsands.


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