Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington on Thursday to discuss, among other issues, the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would ferry oil from Alberta’s oil sands to refineries in Texas. Baird told CTV on Friday he’s concerned about the pace of discussions but is optimistic about the process moving forward. Clinton told reporters after the meeting that an environmental review on the the $7 billion project, proposed by Calgary’s TransCanada, is due by the end of the month. “We are leaving no stone unturned in this process and we expect to make a decision on the permit before the end of the year,” she said. Baird and Clinton also discussed the ongoing violence in Syria and famine in Somalia.