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Big Sky Economic Development Authority (EDA) is organizing busses to transport business people and civic leaders and citizens interested in testifying in regard to the Keystone XL Pipeline. The hearing will be held in Glendive on Sept. 27 from 4:30 to 10 p.m.
If built, the Keystone XL pipeline would carry crude oil from Canada and from U.S. oil fields in North Dakota and Montana to refineries primarily on the Gulf Coast of the United States. As part of the review and analysis of the project, the U.S. Department of State is holding a series of public meetings and other opportunities for the public to comment on the project.
It is anticipated that the hearing in Montana will draw a great deal of attention given the recent Exxon oil spill and because of the protests in the Governor's office. "We want to make sure that we have a strong showing of favorable support from the Billings business community for the pipeline at the hearing," said Shelley Pierce, Member Investor Coordinator for EDA.
Each person will be allowed no more than five minutes of testimony and signing up for testimony is on a first-come first-serve basis. "We are hoping to have two busses departing from Billings on Sept. 27th at 8 am to bring all interested people to Glendive to participate in the hearing," said Pierce.
The bus will arrive in Glendive at approximately noon. Lunch and other activities will be planned while waiting for the start of the hearing. The busses will be returning to Billings late after the conclusion of the hearing. There is no charge to participate in this!
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