Keystone XL —- Senator Johanns Suggests Pipeline Follow Earlier Route

Sen. Mike Johanns said Thursday he believes the most appropriate Nebraska route for the proposed new Keystone XL Pipeline would be along an eastern pathway already traversed by an earlier Keystone line. “To go along that existing route makes some sense,” Johanns suggested. That, he said, would seem to be “the quickest and most direct pathway to get the project completed.” TransCanada’s decision to route its newest pipeline through the Sandhills and across the Ogallala Aquifer has stirred controversy in Nebraska and prompted a decision by the U.S. State Department this week to require a supplemental environmental impact statement before it will rule on whether construction can proceed. Johanns requested the supplemental environmental report and applauded the State Department for its decision. “It was the right call by Secretary (Hillary) Clinton,” Johanns said. “I have no problem with the pipeline being built across Nebraska,” he said during a telephone conference call from Washington. But, he said, he’s concerned about a route that crosses the environmentally sensitive Sandhills and its vast aquifer. “I’m not against tar sands development” of oil resources in Canada, he said. “It’s just the wrong location (for a pipeline in Nebraska).” The proposed pipeline would carry oil from Alberta to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast. ((17 MAR 2011))







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