TransCanada submits new route for Keystone XL
In January, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline permit to move forward, citing that the Feb. 21 deadline instated by Congress in the payroll tax cut extension didn’t leave enough time to evaluate the project. Because the pipeline would cross an international border (Canada – US), the project needs federal approval. Since that time, a southern section of the pipeline from Cushing, Okla., to Texas refineries has been approved.
In the first route, the controversial pipeline was routed through Nebraska’s Sandhills region, home of the Ogallala Aquifer. The new route that’s just been proposed by TransCanada would avoid that sensitive area. According to an Associated Press article, TransCanada submitted a number of proposed routes to Nebraska environmental officials, and the Calgary-based company indicated which route was their preferred.
Though not immediately available, Nebraska officials hope to post the preferred route details on the Internet soon.