Nebraska agency evaluates new Keystone route

Jan 07, 2013 | 03:09 PM | Catherine Ngai

Tags  Keystone XL, TransCanada, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, pipeline, Sandhills, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) has issued its final evaluation of a proposed rerouting of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline, which is intended to transport oil from Alberta to the Gulf Coast.

The new route would avoid the state’s environmentally sensitive Sandhills region, which previously had been a point of contention.

"The reroute ensures Keystone XL will have minimal environmental impact by avoiding the area defined as the Nebraska Sandhills, crossing fewer miles of threatened- and endangered-species habitat and considerably fewer miles of erodible soils," Calgary, Alberta-based TransCanada said. ....

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