Nebraska Governor OKs Keystone XL Route Through State 1/22/13
January 22, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's governor is approving a new route for the Keystone X-L oil pipeline -- a route that avoids an environmentally-sensitive region of the state.
The Republican governor has sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying he would let the pipeline proceed through Nebraska.
Opponents have urged Obama to deny a federal permit for the project -- a permit that would be needed because the pipeline from Canada to Texas crosses an international border.
A coalition of landowners and environmental groups say it would contaminate a massive groundwater supply.
Canadian pipeline developer TransCanada and some workers' unions say the project is safe and will create thousands of jobs.