OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma oil producers say the planned opening next month of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline will remove a glut of crude oil at a storage hub in Cushing.
The 485-mile pipeline will carry up to 700,000 barrels per day from Cushing to the Houston area after its expected opening on Jan. 3.
The pipeline's northern leg from Canada into the U.S. has been opposed by environmental groups. The southern leg doesn't cross an international border and doesn't require presidential approval.
President Barack Obama visited Cushing in 2012 and urged construction of the southern leg from Cushing to Port Arthur, Texas.
Vice Chairman Jeff Hume with Oklahoma City-based Strategic Initiatives told The Oklahoman that the pipeline will open larger markets for oil from the mid-continental U.S.
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