Mar 23, 2012 9:49 AM by Jay Kohn - Q2 News
BILLINGS - Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, who's been a big advocate for the Keystone XL Pipeline, says it's not a matter of "if" it gets built, but "when."
Schweitzer says he's pleased to see President Obama move forward with the southern portion of the project from Cushing, Oklahoma to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.
The governor went on to say he's willing to wager that the northern section of the pipeline will be approved sooner than later.
Gov. Schweitzer was in Billings Thursday to speak to the Montana Ambassadors annual dinner and conference.
During his talk, Schweitzer spoke at length about Montana's role in the national energy picture, focusing on his administration's accomplishments over the past seven years.
Topping that list, the decision by the State Land Board to lease the Otter Creek Coal tracts to Arch Coal.
Schweitzer says the royalties from the Otter Creek tracts will mean between $5 to $7 billion dollars for the state of Montana.