TransCanada spokesman Mark Cooper insists seven years of asking for permission to cross the Canadian border to build Keystone XL hasn’t diminished enthusiasm for it.
“We remain solidly behind this project,” Cooper tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
The $8 billion dollar pipeline would carry crude from the oil sands of western Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast in Texas.
Cooper claims strong support in the United States motivates TransCanada to stick with it.
“What’s kept us buoyed is the fact that our customers support it, Nebraskans support it, two-thirds of Americans support it, and when you’ve got that kind of backing it energizes you and continues to allow you to continue to push forward,” according to Cooper.
The request for a suspension of the review comes on the heels of TransCanada’s decision to take a different course in Nebraska. TransCanada abandoned efforts to use new state law to sanction the Keystone XL route through Nebraska and reverted to older statutes that gives jurisdiction over common carriers to the Public Service Commission.
TransCanada has asked the PSC to approve the route approved previously by Gov. Dave Heineman. The PSC review could take up to a year.