Nebraska Governor OKs Keystone XL Pipeline Route Through State

January 25, 2013

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved a new route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline that avoids the state’s environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.

Heineman sent a letter to President Barack Obama confirming that he would allow the controversial project to proceed in his state.

The pipeline has faced strong resistance in Nebraska from a coalition of landowners and environmental groups who say it would contaminate the Ogallala aquifer, a massive groundwater supply.

Canadian pipeline developer TransCanada and some workers’ unions say the project is safe and will create thousands of jobs.

The original route would have run the pipeline through a region of erodible, grass-covered sand dunes. The new route skirts that area.

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  • January 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    Agent says:
    Actually Planet, it would be nicer not to be dependent on foreign sources of oil and gas. We have plenty of resources and all they have to do is develop them. So what if we ... read more
  • January 25, 2013 at 9:06 am
    Captain Planet says:
    We need to be certain this can be done environmentally safe. If it can be, why not build it? Though, all it's going to do is ship oil to China and other countries. It's not me... read more
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