TORONTO Jan 31 Canada's Natural Resources
Minister Joe Oliver said on Friday he expects the final decision
on the Keystone XL pipeline to be positive, and would like to
see it happen in the first half of this year.
Speaking after the U.S. State Department released a final
environmental impact statement on the controversial pipeline,
Oliver said U.S. President Barack Obama now had all the facts to
be able to decide.
"This has been a lengthy and thorough review process. The
benefits to the United States and Canada are clear. We await a
timely decision on this project," Oliver said.
Oliver described the environmental review, which said the
Keystone XL pipeline would be unlikely to increase the pace of
Canadian oil sands development, as a "positive step on the route