The PSC last week granted TransCanada permission to build the pipeline along an alternative route, rather than the route preferred by TransCanada.
TransCanada spokesman Matthew John says the company simply wants to better understand the PSC ruling.
“First, I just want to be very clear that we aren’t asking for the route or the decision to be reconsidered,” John tells Nebraska Radio Network.
TransCanada has filed a formal motion with the PSC.
“What the motion does is allows us to ask and address some questions that were raised by the November 20th PSC decision,” according to John. “So, it is not an attempt by us to have the PSC alter its approval. It’s just part of the process that we’re undertaking to better understand what that decision means and how it impacts the project.”
The PSC approved on a 3-2 vote the mainline alternative route through Nebraska, not the route preferred by TransCanada.
TransCanada has received a presidential permit to build Keystone XL from oil sands fields in western Canada to Steele City, Nebraska.
It needs permission to build in Nebraska, permission apparently granted by the PSC last week.
“We need clarification on some legal questions and that’s what this motion allows us to do,” John says.
President Obama rejected TransCanada’s request for a presidential permit to cross the border to complete the $8 billion project. President Trump reversed that decision and gave the green light to TransCanada, but a route through Nebraska had not been secured.
Keystone XL, a 36-inch pipeline, was first proposed in 2008.