Nebraska Keystone XL vote draws varied SD response

Nebraska Keystone XL vote draws varied SD response

Nebraska Keystone XL vote draws varied SD response

But the five-member commission rejected TransCanada's preferred route and voted to approve an alternative route that would move the pipeline further east.

TransCanada's decade long-quest to building its Keystone XL suffered a major setback in late 2015, when then-president Barack Obama turned it down.

"All new pipelines from Alberta, including Kinder Morgan's expansion project to the B.C. coast, Enbridge's line 9 to the east, or the Keystone XL going south the USA, mean more Alberta bitumen extraction, which represents one of the most polluting sources of fossil fuel production in the world", declared Green Party Leader Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). In January of 2017, president Donald Trump revived the plan, along with the equally contested Dakota Access pipeline.

In its post-hearing brief, TransCanada told the panel its "preferred route was the product of literally years of study, analysis and refinement by Keystone, federal agencies and Nebraska agencies", and that no alternate route, even one paralleling the Keystone mainline as the approved path does, was truly comparable. The commission was not allowed to take into account a leak last week of 210,000 gallons from the existing Keystone pipeline onto South Dakota farmland because pipeline safety is a federal responsibility.

Nebraska's Public Service Commission's 3-2 decision is likely to face appeals by landowners who will now be impacted by project as well as by environmentalists.

Opponents of the pipeline, including many farmers and ranchers, packed the hearing room for the announcement.

The commission, however, was prohibited from evaluating safety considerations, including risk or impact of a spill, and ruled instead on issues including regulatory compliance, economic and social impacts of the project, the potential intrusion on natural resources, and whether better routes exist.

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"The applicant did not refute the landowners' argument that using the existing Keystone I would avoid fragile soils, reduce impacts to endangered species, and avoid widespread controversy and opposition to this project". Opponents in South Dakota are also fighting the project in court.

A group of 90 landowners with property along the proposed route opposes the pipeline, saying it could leak and hurt local groundwater, among other things.

TransCanada also needs federal approvals from the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Land Management before construction could begin. The company said it's keeping shippers and customers up to date on the situation. Since they might not know that they are in the path of the pipeline, they may not have participated in this proceeding. For example, she said, Nebraska's Department of Environmental Quality didn't analyze the alternative route at all in its 2013 report. For a decade, the terms of the game have been clear: Whoever first builds a pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico will lock down a huge amount of bitumen supply now transported on trains.

Jane Kleeb, president of the environmental advocacy group Bold Alliance, said green-lighting the alternative may have helped the commission reach a "middle ground solution".

The commissioners who voted for the pipeline permit included Frank Landis, a lawyer first elected in 1988; Rod Johnson, a former Republican state legislator; and Tim Schram, a former county commissioner. The commissioners said they wouldn't comment beyond their written statements because their decision could be subject to a court review.

Yesterday, after the Nebraska Public Service Commission met to decide whether to give Keystone XL a permit to cross the state, headlines seemed to hail victory for the pipeline project.

"With their awful safety record, today's spill is just the latest tragedy caused by the irresponsible oil company TransCanada", said Ben Schreiber, senior political strategist at Friends of the Earth.

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