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(Neb)-PSC To Issue Keystone XL Decision On Monday

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/14/2017 12:33 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska regulators plan to announce their decision next Monday on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline route across the state, the last segment of the 1,179 project requiring approval.
      The Nebraska Public Service Commission has spent months evaluating arguments for and against the long-delayed project, holding multiple public input sessions and taking dozens of hours of public comment that generally repeated points made by both sides for years.

     The commission session will be in a relatively small meeting room, so it will be livestreamed on the agency's Facebook page and elsewhere. The commissioners say since it will be a legal proceeding with the potential for appeal, they will make no comment on the decision.

      Pipeline developer first proposed the crude oil pipeline in 2008 and has faced persistent opposition from environmental groups and some landowners.

        Required federal permits were denied by the Obama administration, but approved in March by President Trump, who said it would create jobs and lead to greater energy independence.

     TransCanada changed its initial proposed route across Nebraska in 2012 amid protests over possible damage to the Ogallala Aquifer, which the route crossed, and then-Governor Dave Heineman approved a revised route in January 2013.

       The law that gave the governor instead of the Public Service Commission the power to decide on pipelines was successfully challenged in court, overturning Heineman's approval and setting up the process leading to Monday's decision.

     The Keystone XL route generally runs diagonally from the northwest corner of South Dakota to the southeast corner of Nebraska, where it joins the route of the original Keystone pipeline. TransCanada says it's the most direct way to transport oil and crosses few major bodies of water.


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