The lead attorney opposed to the Keystone XL oil pipeline confronts a TransCanada engineer about the company’s proposed route and proposes an alternative.
Attorney Dave Domina pressed TransCanada engineer Meera Kothari about the proposed entry point of Keystone XL from South Dakota during her testimony before the Nebraska Public Service Commission.
Domina pointed out the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has yet to approve where Keystone XL would enter Nebraska. Domina stated there is no fixed entry into Nebraska as claimed by TransCanada in its application before the PSC.
“So, South Dakota and Nebraska don’t match, do they?” Domina questioned Kothari.
“No,” Kothari answered.
Domina claimed the only approved entry into Nebraska from South Dakota was the one used by TransCanada when it converted the first Keystone pipeline into an oil pipeline. Domina suggested that using the existing route would be less controversial that TransCanada’s current proposed route for Keystone XL.
“Wouldn’t it be an advantage to TransCanada to be able to put in a pipeline across a route over which it had no public opposition?” Domina asked during the second day of PSC hearings on Keystone XL.
Hearings continue in downtown Lincoln.
The PSC is hearing testimony, both pro and con, on TransCanada’s proposed route through Nebraska. The company has received a presidential permit to go forward with the $8 billion project, but it lacks an approved route through the state.
PSC members will hear testimony on the route this week during hearings at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in downtown Lincoln. It will make a ruling later this year.
Click here for PSC Keystone XL website.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]