TransCanada’s is releasing a new proposed pipeline route for the Keystone XL project which will move oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
The company’s spokesman, Shawn Howard, says the new plan will go around several of the Nebraska’s sensitive areas and it will meet environmental concerns.
“It will avoid Nebraska’s Sand Hills, which is what was requested before,” Howard says. “The existing Keystone pipeline already runs over the High Plains Aquifer and the Ogallala and there’s already 15,000 miles of pipeline that run over the Ogallala aquifer today.”
The new pipeline, he says, will follow the same path but would also go over the aquifer, but won’t be in contact with it.
Howard says his company has had good dealings with landowners along the pipeline route and that they remain committed to building the pipeline.
He says TransCanada has already invested more than $2-million in the project and easements have already been obtained for 90% of the land that’ll be needed.
“We work really, really hard to have good relationships with our landowners,” he says. “Not everybody will agree with our project and we understand that, but every year TransCanada deals with more than 40,000 landowners across our whole pipeline and energy infrastructure system and we’ve been in business for 60 years.”
Howard says TransCanada is looking forward to hearing back from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and is hoping to move forward with their new route.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton