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HELENA - The proposed Canada-U.S. oil pipeline that would pass through eastern Montana and western South Dakota will be examined in an environmental study, and the U.S. State Department is taking public comment as it considers that study's eventual scope.

The Federal Register has published the department's notice of intent to prepare an environmental-impact statement examining the Keystone XL pipeline, part of a system that would carry Canadian crude oil to Texas refineries.

TransCanada Keystone Pipeline wants the State Department to issue a presidential permit.

Public comment about the scope of the environmental study and related matters will be taken this winter at 20 meetings. March 16 is the deadline for written comment.

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