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U.S. State Department Hearing Friday in Oklahoma (Sep 27, 2011)

A proposed pipeline that would bring oil from Canada into the U.S. was criticized as environmentally dangerous by people in Kansas and praised in Texas as a safe way to create much needed jobs nationwide. Oklahomans will get a chance to voice their opinion on the pipeline Friday.

Members of the public can attend the meeting Oct. 7 in the Reed Center Exhibition Hall at 5800 Will Rogers Road in Midwest City. The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. and is supposed to end at 10 p.m.

The State Department says individuals wanting to speak must sign up in person at the meeting venue. The order of speakers will be first-come, first-served according the sign-in list. Speakers will have 3-to-5 minutes to present their views.

More than 500 people packed a meeting Monday in the Southeast Texas refinery town of Port Arthur. It was the second State Department-sponsored hearing of the day on the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline.

Earlier in the day, 200 people attended a meeting in Topeka, Kan.

The pipeline would move tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, and hook up to Calgary-based TransCanada's existing pipelines and move oil to Oklahoma and the Gulf of Mexico.

Other meetings have been scheduled this week in Montana, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

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