TransCanada was very surprised at Governor Dave Heineman’s letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging them to deny the placement of the Keystone Pipeline through Nebraska. TransCanada Project Representative Jeff Rauh says they had talked with the governor about the route and how carefully it had been reviewed. He says what surprised them was just last Friday a report came out that detailed a careful review of this very issue and the pipeline presents no threat to the Ogallala Aquifer.
Governor Heineman states he is not opposed to the pipeline itself but rather the location. The pipeline would run over the Ogallala Aquifer, an important water resource. Rauh says TransCanada researched this project for three years and had looked at alternatives that included using the original Keystone route in eastern Nebraska, using a route through southern Nebraska that enters from the west and one that avoids the state all together.
Rauh says rerouting the pipeline in Nebraska would mean rerouting it through South Dakota, Kansas and possibly many other states. Again, Rauh says they have worked for three years on the path for the pipeline and to start over would be time consuming and ultimately end with a route that would have greater impacts.
Rauh says TransCanada repeatedly has stated there is no danger to the Ogallala Aquifer and they are hoping to meet with Governor Heineman to hear his concerns and address them.