NEW YORK Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved the new route in the state for TransCanada Corp.s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
The Calgary, Alberta-based energy company applied for a new route last year after facing several delays, including the denial of a presidential permit (amm.com, Jan. 7).
The new route bypasses the states environmentally sensitive Sandhills region, a previous point of contention.
President Obama must still approve the project, which aims to bring oil from Calgary to Texas Gulf Coast. Proponents say the pipeline would encourage energy independence, as well as create demand in the pipe and tube market.
Construction of the pipeline would result in $418.1 million in economic benefits to the state and support as many as 4,560 new or existing jobs, TransCanada said on Jan. 22.