TransCanada prepares to hear criticism and maybe some praise of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline route through Nebraska during a public hearing scheduled this week.
TransCanada spokesman Matt John understands critics plan to take their protest of Keystone XL directly to the Nebraska Public Service Commission Wednesday in York.
“You can’t convince everyone. We need to demonstrate that we’re doing our part, that we’re responsive to people’s questions and that we are engaging appropriately throughout this process,” John tells Nebraska Radio Network.
John says TransCanada is sticking with the same case it has been making for years.
“We want folks to understand that this is a project that is safe and will be built with care for the environment and that will definitely produce significant economic benefits,” according to John.
Both Bold Nebraska as well as the recently formed Bold Alliance and the Sierra Club of Nebraska plan to protest the project during the public hearing.
The hearing will be held at the Holthus Convention Center in York. It begins at 9am. Doors open at 8 o’clock that morning. The hearing is scheduled to conclude at 7pm. Comments are limited to five minutes.
President Donald Trump has awarded TransCanada the presidential permit it needs to cross the border and build in the United States. President Barack Obama denied the permit, arguing the pipeline undercut America’s environmental leadership role.
Keystone XL is an $8 billion project which already operates from Oklahoma City to oil refineries along the Gulf Coast in Texas. TransCanada has everything it needs to complete the northern portion of the project with the exception of an approved route through Nebraska.
If TransCanada receives approval to build in Nebraska, it can connect Keystone XL from western Canada to Steele City, Nebraska where it can then be connected to existing pipeline to Oklahoma City.
The Public Service Commission will also accept comment via its website.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]