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Oil industry group pushes Obama to OK pipeline

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 OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The fight over a proposed pipeline to transport crude oil
 from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries is picking up again as groups urge President
 Barack Obama to either approve or reject the pipeline.
   The American Petroleum Institute held a conference call with reporters Thursday
 to emphasize the virtues of the Keystone XL pipeline that TransCanada wants
to build.
   API is the oil and gas industry's main lobbying group, and spokesman Marty
Durbin says Obama should approve the pipeline as soon as possible to boost the
economy.
   But environmental groups plan a protest outside the White House on Sunday. They
want Obama to reject the pipeline because they worry that it could contaminate
water supplies, increase air pollution around refineries and harm wildlife.
   AP-WF-11-15-12 1710GMT

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