The decision by Nebraska’s governor to OK a new route through his state for the Keystone XL pipeline is based on a factual assessment of the project’s safety, as well as the economic benefits that would accrue. Fuel Fix.com has news coverage here. In a notification letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Gov. Dave Heineman wrote that his state’s Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) found:
- Construction and operation of Keystone XL, with builder TransCanada’s commitments to safety, “would have minimal environmental impacts in Nebraska.” NDEQ said the new Keystone XL route avoids the sensitive Sand Hills as well as fragile soils in the northern part of the state.
- The pipeline’s construction would bring to the state more than $418 million in economic... more »