Nebraska governor approves new Keystone XL pipeline route through state

1/22/2013

Nebraska governor approves new Keystone XL pipeline route through state

Tennille Tracy, Dow Jones Newswires
 
WASHINGTON--Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman on Tuesday approved a new route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which has been held up for more than a year in large part because of objections to the pipeline in the state.

The Republican governor's approval is one of the last remaining hurdles the pipeline has to clear before getting a final permit from the Obama administration.

The U.S. State Department is working on a separate analysis of the pipeline's new route. The department is expected to release a draft of those findings in coming days.

Canadian pipeline operator TransCanada Corp. first submitted an application for Keystone XL in 2008. It devised a new route through Nebraska last year after landowners and lawmakers in the state said they wanted the pipeline to avoid an ecologically sensitive area known as the Sand Hills.

The new route travels east of the Sand Hills region.

Mr. Heineman's approval for the pipeline was largely expected after Nebraska's Department of Environmental Quality determined earlier this month that the pipeline was mostly safe.

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