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No Environmental Recommendations in Nebraska's Keystone XL Evaluation

Jan 7, 2013
(AP)

A state evaluation of TransCanada’s new route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline through Nebraska has been sent to Gov. Dave Heineman, who will have 30 days to review it before sharing his decision with the state and the U.S. State Department.

The more than 2,000 pages include no recommendations from the Department of Environmental Quality, which began accumulating comments in April, held four public informational meetings, conferred with the project developer and conducted a final public hearing in December.

The State Department has federal jurisdiction because the pipeline begins in Canada. Its recommendation will go to President Obama, who has the final say.

TransCanada’s pipeline is designed to carry tar sands oil from Alberta Province across Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.