Missouri has signed a memorandum of understanding to boost trade with Quebec.
Speaking to reporters from Toronto on Wednesday, Gov. Jay Nixon said Missouri and Quebec signed an agreement to boost trade over the next four years by 15 percent. The agreement, according to a press release from Nixon’s office, was signed by Québec Minister of Industrial Policy Élaine Zakaïb and Missouri director of Economic Development Mike Downing.
The 36-inch diameter pipeline will initially carry 600,000 barrels per day of heavy crude oil primarily from Canada’s tar sands region in Alberta. Light crude from the Bakken Formation in Montana and North Dakota could also flow through it.
One of the major holdups in the expansion of the Keystone Pipeline was Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s apprehension. But after Nebraska state officials approved a revised route this week, both of Missouri’s U.S. Senators are calling on the president to sign off on the expansion.
The Keystone Pipeline already runs through Missouri. What the Keystone Pipeline XL would do is expand the pipeline – adding routes from Alberta to Kansas and Oklahoma to Texas.
It would also enlarge the size of the pipes’ diameter by 6 inches.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is bucking most of her party in calling for quick approval of a new oil pipeline from Canada.
The Democrat sent a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging the Secretary to approve the Keystone XL project. Clinton's approval is needed because the pipeline crosses international borders.
In a phone call with reporters Wednesday, McCaskill said she believes that the company behind the pipeline, Trans-Canada, has made changes to satisfy the concerns of environmentalists in Nebraska.