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Keystone XL Route Approved in Nebraska | KTIC Radio

Keystone XL Route Approved in Nebraska

Keystone XL Route Approved in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska Public Service Commission has approved an alternative Keystone XL route through the state, removing the last regulatory hurdle to the $8 billion oil pipeline project. The Commission voted on the long-delayed project earlier today, though the decision could still be challenged in court. The commission was forbidden by law from considering a recent oil spill on the existing Keystone pipeline in its decision. The alternative route would run farther north than the originally proposed route. TransCanada Corp.’s plan to build a nearly 1,200-mile (1,931-kilometer) pipeline faces intense opposition from environmental groups, Native American tribes and some landowners. Business groups and some unions support the project as a way to create jobs. President Donald Trump issued a federal permit allowing for the project in March, reversing President Barack Obama administration’s rejection of it. The route passed on a vote of 3-2.

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