(Neb.)-Officials Unveil New Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Route
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Officials have unveiled a new preferred
route for the Nebraska portion of the stalled Keystone XL oil
pipeline that avoids the state's groundwater-rich Sandhills region.
Nebraska environmental officials released details Thursday about
the proposal that would veer east around the Sandhills before
looping back to the original route. Developer Transcanada says the
reroute adds about 100 miles to the original 1,700-mile project
that would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
TransCanada submitted the proposal after Gov. Dave Heineman
allowed the state officials to proceed with an environmental
review. The review had stalled in January after the Obama
administration rejected a federal permit for the pipeline.
Administration officials said they didn't have time to review
the project before a congressional deadline and cited uncertainty
about the Nebraska route.
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