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Legion Encourages Attendance at Oil Pipeline Meetings

The national commander of The American Legion is encouraging Americans to attend a number of public meetings next week concerning the Keystone XL Pipeline, a proposed Canadian-American oil project, which has the support of the nation's largest veterans organization.

"This project alone has the potential to create 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs and stimulate related business activity that could lead to at least 250,000 permanent jobs," said National Commander Fang A. Wong. "Returning veterans are disproportionately unemployed and would undoubtedly benefit from these jobs. Moreover, the United States must reduce its reliance on energy imports that can be disrupted by foreign conflicts, terrorism or piracy."

The public meetings for the Keystone XL pipeline begin Monday in Port Arthur, Texas and Topeka, Kansas, and will culminate in Washington, D.C. on October 7. A complete listing of meeting times and places is listed below. The $7 billion privately funded pipeline would carry an estimated 700,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada, the Dakotas, Montana and Oklahoma to Gulf Coast refineries. It has undergone years of environmental review but still must pass the final step in the permit's review process. The U.S. Department of State has jurisdiction over the project, which won support from delegates to The American Legion's 93rd National Convention in Minneapolis through a resolution that was passed there last month. Locations and times for Public Meetings on Keystone XL Pipeline

Sept. 26, Bob Bowers Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Center Drive, Port Arthur, TX, 77642, 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Sept. 26, Kansas Expo Center, 1 Expo Center Drive, Topeka, Kansas, 66612, noon-3:30 pm, 4-8 p.m.

Sept. 27, Dawson Community College Topeka Center Auditorium 300 Community Drive Glendive, Montana 59330 4:30 p.m -10 p.m.

Sept. 27, Pershing Center 226 Centennial Mall South Lincoln, Nebraska 68508, noon- 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Sept. 28, University of Texas Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium 2313 Red River Street Austin, Texas 78705 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.; 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Sept. 29, Best Western Ramkota 920 West Sioux Avenue, Pierre, South Dakota 57501 noon - 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Sept. 29, West Holt High School (in the Sand Hills region) 100 N. Main Street Atkinson, Nebraska 68713 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Sept. 30. Reed Center Exhibition Hall 5800 Will Rogers Road Midwest City, Oklahoma 73110 4:30 p.m.- 10 p.m.

Oct. 7, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Atrium Hall 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, District of Columbia 20004 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Contacts: John Raughter, 317-630-1253, cell 317-441-8847 or Marty Callaghan, 202-263-5758, cell 202-515-8644.