TransCanada files app to route Keystone XL in Nebraska

Reuters and WiG reports

TransCanada Corp, Canada’s No. 2 pipeline operator, filed an application with Nebraska authorities to route the Keystone XL pipeline through the state.

Donald Trump cleared the way for the project last month — one of his first actions as president.

In November 2015, the pipeline company withdrew the route application it had made to the Nebraska Public Service Commission after then-President Barack Obama denied a permit for the project over environmental concerns.

The 1,179-mile Keystone XL is meant to ship 830,000 barrels per day of mainly oil sands crude from Alberta to Nebraska and on to the Gulf Coast.

Opposition to the pipeline was shown worldwide. In Nebraska, where the pipeline company intends to seize property for the project, environmentalists joined with landowners concerned about oil spills and climate change.

“The (Nebraska Public Service Commission) process is the clearest path to achieving route certainty for the project in Nebraska and is expected to conclude in 2017,” TransCanada said on Feb. 16.

The line’s route through Nebraska has been the subject of a court case in the state over whether former Gov. Dave Heineman was entitled to approve the route. A Nebraska Supreme Court decision in 2015 ruled in support of the pipeline, but a number of Nebraskan landowners filed suits against TransCanada alleging the project violated the state’s constitution.

“Keystone XL is and always will be all risk and no reward,” said Jane Kleeb, president of the Bold Alliance, an activist network opposing the pipeline.