Hearings on the proposed route of the Keystone XL oil pipeline through Nebraska have concluded, with both sides optimistic the Public Service Commission will rule in their favor.
TransCanada asks the PSC to approve its proposed route through Nebraska and spokesman Matthew John says nothing during the four days of hearings undermined its case.
“It’s the most studied project in history, or studied cross-border pipeline in history,” TransCanada spokesman Matthew John tells reporters after the hearings concluded. “It does offer significant benefits for Nebraskans.”
But, leading Keystone XL opponent, Bold Nebraska founder Jane Kleeb contends TransCanada failed to make its case.
“They were unable to provide evidence that this had anything to do with Nebraska’s public interest,” Kleeb, also chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party tells reporters. “It certainly would do a lot to help their bottom line, to dig them out of a very big financial hole that they’ve dug themselves with this project, but it has nothing to do with Nebraska’s public interest.”
The Public Service Commission held public hearings earlier. On Monday, the PSC began holding official, evidentiary hearings on the Keystone XL route proposed by TransCanada through Nebraska. The hearings, held at the Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in downtown Lincoln, concluded Thursday morning.
President Trump gave a presidential permit for TransCanada to complete the $8 billion project. But, TransCanada lacks an approved route through Nebraska.
TransCanada this week presented its formal case for the preferred route before the PSC. The hearings covered a number of issues, including TransCanada’s corporate structure, whether the company remains committed to building the pipeline, plans for clean-up after the pipeline is decommissioned, as well as Keystone XL’s economic and environmental impact on Nebraska.
Click here for the PSC Keystone XL website.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]