By SEAN MURPHY
CUSHING, Okla. (AP) - President Barack Obama's announcement last week that he plans to expedite the approval of a giant pipeline that will help relieve the glut of oil in this Oklahoma town is welcome news to a community that thrives on the ongoing boom in the state's oil patch.
Obama's visit alone was enough to excite the residents of this Payne County town of about 8,000 - many of whom earn a living working at some of the sprawling oil tank farms that dot the rolling fields on the edges of the community.
The president delivered a speech Thursday embracing an "all-of-the-above" domestic energy strategy at a pipe yard owned by TransCanada just north of town.
The company plans to construct the massive pipeline from Cushing to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.
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