TransCanada Files Route with Nebraska PSC

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After careful consideration of current circumstances in TransCanada’s seven-year effort to build Keystone XL, the company filed an application with the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) to seek approval for the pipeline route through the state.
  TransCanada is also in the process of withdrawing its current eminent domain actions and is taking steps to terminate constitutional court proceedings in Holt County, NE. The company believes that going through the PSC process is the clearest path to achieving route certainty for the Keystone XL Project in Nebraska. It ultimately saves time, reduces conflict with those who oppose the project and sets clear rules for approval of the route.
The Keystone XL route was evaluated by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and approved by the Nebraska Governor in 2013. This route is also the preferred route of the majority of Nebraskans who participated in previous reviews.
  TransCanada has followed every process put before them, including their efforts to have this route reviewed extensively by the DEQ in a process that included a thorough comment period from several hundred Nebraskans who took part in open house discussions and provided hundreds of additional comments. The review also included conversations with landowners along the pipeline corridor, 91 percent who have now signed voluntary easements to construct Keystone XL.
  The project has undergone five independent reviews of safety and potential environmental impacts by the U.S. State Department as well as one authored by the State of Nebraska after its year-long public process. All reviews concluded the project could be constructed and operated safely with minimal impact to the environment.
  Despite having route authority to construct Keystone XL, uncertainty in the courts around the constitutionality of how the route was approved was very likely to carry on once again to the Nebraska Supreme Court.