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Oil begins to flow in southern branch of Keystone Pipeline

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Southern branch of the Keystone XL Pipeline, known as the Gulf Coast Project. (Map source: TransCanada) Southern branch of the Keystone XL Pipeline, known as the Gulf Coast Project. (Map source: TransCanada)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Oil has started to flow through East Texas down the controversial TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline.

Company officials confirmed the oil began flowing Saturday morning from Cushing, Okla. through Eastern Texas into refining facilities in the Houston area.

TransCanada Spokesperson Shawn Howard said the 'line fill' are a part of a series of operations leading up to the start of commercial service of the pipeline.

"Over the coming weeks, TransCanada will inject about three million of barrels of oil into the system," Howard said.

Commercial service in the Gulf Coast section of the pipeline could begin as soon as January 2014, according to reports.

The northern half of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which stretches from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska, is still waiting on approval from the U.S. State Department.

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