TransCanada files for approval of Nebraska route for Keystone XL pipeline

Andrew Cummings
February 17, 2017

As it has through eight years of permitting processes that were stymied by the Obama administration, TransCanada is committing to work with all stakeholders as the project moves forward, emphasizing that the massive project for moving Alberta oilsands crude supplies to us refineries on the Gulf Coast will create jobs and benefits for the USA economy.

The proposed 1,179-mile Keystone XL pipeline would link the oil sands region in the Canadian province of Alberta to the USA state of Nebraska, and all the way to the oil refineries on the Gulf of Mexico coast.

But last month, President Donald Trump signed executive orders created to advance the Keystone XL, as well as end a stalemate that had halted completion of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.

"TransCanada said the application to the Nebraska Public Service Commission follows the same route that the state's governor approved in 2013, before former President Obama rejected the federal permit for the pipeline". Late past year the Canadian government approved two other major export pipelines: Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion and Enbridge Inc's Line 3 replacement project. "The thousands of Nebraskans we have met over the last eight years understand the value of this project and what it means to the state".

"Keystone XL is and always will be all risk and no reward", said Jane Kleeb, president of the Bold Alliance, an activist network opposing the pipeline. Girling pledged to make safety and environmental concerns the project's top priority. TransCanada said most residents in the area of the pipeline were not opposed.

The Commission has 210 days from receipt of an application to enter an order approving or denying the application.

The commission will decide later when it will take public comment on the issue.

Some opponents say if the Keystone XL must be built, it whould use that existing route.

A Nebraska Supreme Court decision in 2015 ruled in support of the pipeline, but a number of Nebraskan landowners filed suits against TransCanada alleging the project violated the state's constitution.

The pipeline is planned to go from Alberta, Canada, to oil refineries on the Gulf Coast in Texas.

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