State Department Hears From States On Oil Pipeline

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - 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.

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.