Keystone Pipeline Builder Proposes New Route
The company building the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has submitted a proposal for a new route, a spokesman for Nebraska’s environmental authority said Wednesday.
The new route is east of the initially proposed route that went over an environmentally sensitive aquifer, said spokesman Brian McManus of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. TransCanada is the company constructing Keystone.
The pipeline is intended to carry between 500,000 and 700,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada’s oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
U.S. President Barack Obama in January denied a permit for the 1,700-mile pipeline, a decision that prompted Republican criticism that the president was not doing everything possible to create jobs and combat high gasoline prices.