TransCanada trying a new way for Keystone XL approval in Nebraska

September 29, 2015 - 5:30pm

TransCanada, the pipeline company that wants to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline across Nebraska, announced Tuesday it will restart its application process for approval of its route in the state.


The company said it will soon file an application with the Nebraska Public Service Commission to seek approval of its route.

TransCanada also said it will withdraw its eminent domain actions against landowners who have resisted selling it an easement to cross their land.

"We believe that going through the PSC is the clearest path to achieving route certainty for the Keystone  XL Project in Nebraska," the company wrote in a news release.  "It ultimately saves time, reduces conflict with those who oppose the project and sets clear rules for the approval of the route.”

The existing route was approved by former Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman in 2013, after a review by the Department of Environmental Quality.

Opponents claim the decision should have been left to the Public Service Commission. Pipeline opponent Jane Kleeb of the group Bold Nebraska said the announcement amounted to TransCanada admitting they have lost, they do not have a legal route or legal use of eminent domain. She called it a “desperate move” by a company facing a loss on its project.

 

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