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Keystone XL pipeline town hall at CBC Calgary tonight

09/22/2014 05:05 EDT | Updated 11/22/2014 05:59 EST
CBC Calgary is teaming up with United States public broadcaster America Abroad for a special discussion about pipelines and energy security tonight.

The town hall event features live audiences in both Calgary and Lincoln, Neb.

The goal is to discuss the proposed Keystone XL pipeline — which would see Alberta crude flow south to refineries in Texas — and the energy situation in both countries.

The CBC's alberta@noon host Donna McElligott and Hari Sreenivasan, an anchor and correspondent with PBS, will moderate the joint town hall.

"I'm sure there will be some fireworks," said McElligott. "You know very well that when you talk about pipelines, and moving crude, people become very passionate. And while some would say the debate is polarized, both sides are extremely well informed." 

Representatives from the pipeline and energy industry in Calgary will be in attendance, as well the voices of those who are skeptical when it comes to pipelines and the development of the oilsands. 

There are no tickets left to join the live audience in Calgary, but the event will be streaming below at 6 p.m. MT. 

Viewers can also jump on Twitter and add to the discussion. The hashtag to use is #KXLtownhall.

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