Bloomberg: Keystone pipeline could raise gas prices in Midwest as much as 20 cents a gallon

The news service says the pipeline could carry Canadian imports away from the Midwest, cutting into an oil surplus that right now is depressing prices in the region, and that could mean significantly higher prices for drivers.
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The news service says the pipeline could carry Canadian imports away from the Midwest, cutting into an oil surplus that right now is depressing prices in the region, and that could mean significantly higher prices for drivers.

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