Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Process Inches Ahead
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality submitted its final report to Governor Dave Heineman to allow the pipeline transport of bitumen derived from Alberta, Canada oil sands across the state. The latest report concludes that the revised pipeline route across Nebraska will have minimal environmental impacts. The governor had denied the original pipeline route proposed by TransCanada Corp. based upon environmental concerns. President Obama likewise denied a presidential permit in January 2012 prompting TransCanada Corp. to submit a revised route and application for the Canada-to-Texas project. The governor has until February 4 to either approve or deny the plan. The U.S. State Department is proceeding on a parallel review track. A final decision on a presidential permit request is expected in early to mid-2013.