While the permitting process for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline has slowed, route preparations are still underway. Trans Canada spokesman Jeff Rauh says they’ll be have everything in place when the State Department completes its report.
“Our goal is to be ready to construct when the government finishes its review of this project,” Rauh says. “That review is scheduled to be complete by the end of this year and we look forward to being ready to construct at that point.”
The pipeline would carry crude oil from Alberta, Canada, through Montana, western South Dakota and central Nebraska on its way to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
Rauh says they have a majority of the easements they need in Nebraska.
“Overall in Nebraska, we also continue to work toward completing our easement acquisition,” he says. “We’ve got about 83% of the easements overall in the state of Nebraska and about 87% in the sandhills area in the northern part of the state.”
The pipeline route is under heavy criticism, especially in Nebraska, where it would cross part of the Ogallala aquifer.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton