Ricketts asked Obama to issue the presidential permit needed for TransCanada to cross the Canadian border to build the pipeline that would transport crude made from oil sands in western Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast in Texas.
“Like many other Nebraskans, I support the revised route and the construction of the pipeline; however, you alone have the power to approve this important infrastructure project that will bring good-paying jobs and much-needed tax revenue to Nebraska counties during construction and for years to come. Consequently, I urge you to issue a Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline,” Ricketts wrote.
TransCanada has been prevented from building the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline, because President Obama has failed to act on its request.
Environmentalists oppose the pipeline, raising worries about oil spills that could leak into the Ogallala Aquifer and whether oil sands development increases the pollution which could trigger climate change.