For the last couple of years the state of Montana has been negotiating with TransCanada over the Keystone XL pipeline, which would pass through parts of the state. TransCanada  has fulfilled all its obligations under Montana’s Major Facility Siting Act (MFSA), and Governor Brian Schweitzer announced today that he will be giving a  permit for the pipeline to be built in Montana.  (That interview is attached below)

Schweitzer says  this is great news for Montana producers and will create jobs for the people of the State. The $7 billion project includes over $1 billion in construction in Montana, and will help create 1,200 high-paying construction jobs.

According to estimates, property taxes on the pipeline could bring as much as $60 million dollars annually to schools, counties, and the state.The 36-inch pipeline would extend through the eastern Montana counties of Phillips, Valley, McCone, Dawson, Prairie and Fallon. The Keystone XL pipeline will be approximately 1,691 miles long, 281 miles of which are located within Montana.