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Chamber to tour Keystone XL path

The nation’s largest business lobby will spend next week touring the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The tour is designed to highlight the time the Obama administration has spent considering TransCanada Corp.’s application to build the pipeline. The five-day tour will end Sept. 19, the sixth anniversary of the filing.

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“For six long years, the Obama administration has failed to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline,” Karen Harbert, president of the Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, said in a statement.

“Our tour will demonstrate that there are consequences for this inaction,” she said. “Not only has America been forced to buy millions of barrels of oil from unfriendly sources, but Americans along the pipeline route and across the nation have been denied thousands of jobs, millions in revenue, and countless opportunities.”

The complete pipeline is planned to run from Alberta, Canada’s oil sands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Only the final section remains to be built.

The Obama administration said it is waiting to decide on the application while landowners in Nebraska fight the state over the pipeline’s route.

The tour will bring Chamber officials to towns, ranches and businesses that it said stand to benefit from the pipeline’s construction. The group will also be documenting the tour through social media and advertising.