Nebraska Governor Approves New Keystone XL Pipeline Route
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Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman approved a new route through his state for the Keystone XL pipeline. In a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Heineman wrote, “Construction and operation of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, with the mitigation and commitments from Keystone would have minimal environmental impacts in Nebraska.”
Construction of the southern portion linking Oklahoma to the Texas Gulf Coast is already underway.
While Nebraska has been examining the new route, the State Department has been working on another environmental study (number 4 by Mark Green’s count). Don’t expect that to be finished for a while. A State Department spokewoman said, “We don’t anticipate being able to conclude our own review before the end of the first quarter of this year.” By then, Senator John Kerry might be the new Secretary of State.
Karen Harbert, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, asked President Obama to “move quickly” to approve the project. “After extensive public consultation and exhaustive review, the President can confidently move forward on this critical project that will increase America’s energy security and generate much needed jobs and investment.”
Senator John Thune (R-SD) also urged administration approval: “I call on the president to immediately lend his support to this bipartisan project so that we can begin investing in America’s energy future.”