Canada oil will flow any way it can to U.S.: transport minister

Canada's Transport Minister Lisa Raitt listens to a question during a news conference in Ottawa April 23, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

OTTAWA (Reuters) - If Canadian crude cannot be transported to the United States because of delays in building pipelines, it will go by rail, Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said on Monday.

Last week TransCanada Corp said it was in talks with customers about shipping Canadian crude to the United States by rail as an alternative to the firm’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which has hit a series of delays.

Asked about the comments, Raitt told reporters: “As long as they’re adhering to all the pronouncements we’ve made ... with respect to the movement of crude oil by rail, then that’s the way it’s going to go. If it can’t find its way in a pipeline, it’s going to find its way somehow.”

Reporting by Randall Palmer; writing by David Ljunggren; Editing by Dan Grebler