Obama says he wants to stop bottleneck at Cushing

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) - President Barack Obama says he wants to speed up work on a pipeline between Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast to eliminate a glut of oil at the Cushing oil hub.

The president spoke Thursday in a pipeyard near Cushing and said increased oil and gas production were part of his domestic energy policy.

Obama also said millions of acres have been opened up for drilling in 23 states, but that the challenge is in delivering material to refineries.

He described Cushing as a "bottleneck" between producers and refineries located along the Texas coast.

The president also said that work on the Keystone XL pipeline between Canada and Cushing is being appropriately reviewed out of environmental concerns in Nebraska. An aquifer there supplies drinking water and irrigation throughout the Great Plains.

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