KRVN 880 Rural Radio Quotes: “A Nebraska panel has approved an alternative Keystone XL route, removing the last regulatory hurdle to the proposed pipeline project. The Nebraska Public Service Commission’s ruling is on the Nebraska route TransCanada has proposed to complete the $8 billion, 1,179-mile pipeline to deliver oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.
The proposed Keystone XL route would cross parts of Montana, South Dakota and most of Nebraska to Steele City, Nebraska. The project was rejected by President Barack Obama in 2015, citing concerns about carbon pollution. President Donald Trump revived it in March, approving a permit. The project has faced a barrage of criticism from environmental activists and some landowners for nearly a decade.”
The Grand Island Independent Quotes: “A state commission on Monday approved a route for the Keystone XL pipeline across Nebraska, but it was not the route preferred by developer TransCanada. In a 3-2 vote, the Nebraska Public Service Commission OK’d the so-called “mainline alternative route” for the controversial 36-inch crude oil pipeline. The path takes a 63-mile detour from the so-called “preferred route” proposed by TransCanada and would parallel, for about 100 miles, the existing Keystone pipeline that the firm built in 2010.
The decision, while giving the Canadian firm a route across Nebraska, raises many questions. The detour will likely cost more money and require new right-of-way contracts to be signed with at least 40 landowners, some of whom may not have realized their land was on a pipeline route. “This creates unnecessary uncertainty. Too bad,” said State Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion, a longtime backer of the pipeline, in a tweet just after the vote was taken. TransCanada took more than three hours before responding to the agency’s vote, and said the firm was evaluating it.”
The Columbus Telegram Quotes: “Nebraska regulators approved TransCanada’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline, but not its “preferred” route through this state — raising questions about whether the company will continue to pursue the project. Monday’s split decision by the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which came on a 3-2 vote, adds another twist to a debate that has made headlines for nearly a decade.
The commission — instead of signing off on TransCanada’s 275-mile preferred route, which was the main focus of a court-style hearing in August — opted for a second, slightly longer route known as the “mainline alternative.” That route cuts farther east, then runs parallel with the existing Keystone pipeline for about 95 miles, taking it through far northeast Platte County, Colfax County and Butler County.”