It seems like it has been an uphill battle for TransCanada to get the Keystone XL pipeline built through Nebraska. TransCanada’s Vice President of External Communications Terry Cunha says they are not giving up on the project.
Cunha says, “I can assure you we are committed to this project. We jave been working very diligently through this Public Service Commission process for the past year. Just last week we were at our fourth public meeting and we are getting ready for our public hearing in Lincoln and I believe that would demonstrate to Nebraskans our commitment on moving this project forward.”
There have been some reports that as a business proposition, this project is less attractive that i was nine years ago when it started. Cunha disagrees saying they went back to the marketplace earlier this month to show their contracts with new customers and still have good support from their existing customer base. He says they are now finalizing those contracts.
Last week there were questions whether there was enough demand to continue with the project. Cunha says officials were trying to answer a question related to the fact right now the project doesn’t have the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s approval. With a successful meeting and the core support of our customers, they are ready to move forward. The Commission has until November 23rd to approve the route. Given the okay, no word on when the construction project would start or when it would be finished.