President Donald Trump has revived the Keystone XL oil pipeline project. State officials are poised to begin the approval process again.
Keystone XL, which embroiled Nebraska in controversy for years, appeared dead after President Barack Obama rejected an application by TransCanada.
President Trump has reversed the order.
“Now it’s time for the state of Nebraska to go through our process here in the state. So, it’s got to go through the regulatory process here,” Gov. Pete Ricketts tells reporters.
Ricketts says TransCanada’s request to complete the pipeline through Nebraska goes to the Public Service Commission.
Ricketts favors Keystone XL.
“I think it will create jobs here in our state and it will help us become less dependent on foreign oil and, of course, the environmental impact study said it would actually reduce the carbon impact,” Ricketts says. “That was part of what the Obama Administration said.”
Ricketts dismisses concerns raised that TransCanada would abuse eminent domain proceedings completing the pipeline through Nebraska. The governor says the state already has seen 29,000 miles of pipelines safety built in the state.
TransCanada proposes building Keystone XL to transport crude from western Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast in Texas.
The $8 billion project would build an oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska. It would connect the northern portion of the pipeline with its southern portion which transports crude to oil refineries along the Gulf of Mexico in Texas.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]