Nebraska Approves Keystone XL Pipeline -- But Sets a New Route

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In an interview on BNN, Burney said the pipeline building process isn't for anyone without biblical levels of patience. They've asked Morris to revoke the permit, which was based on the review and issued in March.

Keystone XL will be a shorter route for Canadian crude to the United States, and this route, as per Nebraskan regulators' conditions, will pass close to that of the Keystone pipeline.

This aerial photo shows spills from TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone pipeline, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, that leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, near Amherst, S.D.

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Nebraska Approves Keystone XL Pipeline -- But Sets a New Route

TransCanada is now "assessing how the decision would impact the cost and schedule of the project", Russ Girling, TransCanada's chief executive officer, said in a statement.

"Our environmental laws should never be undercut by the interests of a private foreign company, and the court's decision today solidifies that", Hannah Adams, deputy director of the activist group and co-plaintiff Bold Alliance, said in a statement. In its submissions, TransCanada had portrayed the alternative route as unworkable.

While the approved alternative route would avoid the Sandhills, it would still cross small parts of the Ogallala aquifer, the main source of drinking and irrigation water in Nebraska and much of the Great Plains.

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While TransCanada has promoted the pipeline project as a jobs creator, Rhoades said that "there was no evidence provided that any jobs created by the construction of this project would be given to Nebraska residents". But it opens new questions that she said her group would likely explore in federal court.

But critics said that the property where the pipeline would cross would lose value.

The case is In the Matter of the Application of TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP for Route Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project, 0p-0003, Nebraska Public Service Commission (Lincoln). The project had the support of the state's governor, Republican Pete Ricketts, its chamber of commerce, trade unions and the petroleum industry. Despite the leak, the Nebraskan regulators approved the second pipeline project.

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With Nebraska's go-ahead in hand, TransCanada still must formally decide whether to proceed with construction on the line, which would send crude from Hardisty, Alberta, through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it will connect to pipelines leading to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. The current pipeline runs through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas and extends east into Missouri and IL. "Along with the Paris climate agreement withdrawal and the rescinding of the Clean Power Plan, the green light granted to Keystone XL in January that made this Nebraska decision consequential is a signature energy achievement of the Trump administration".

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