TransCanada was issued what could be another setback to its long-delayed Keystone XL project following a Dec. 19 vote by the Nebraska Public Service Commission. The 5-0 vote denied TransCanada’s motion to amend its application for a route across Nebraska.
In November, the Commission voted to approve a route for Keystone XL across the state, but it was not TransCanada’s preferred route, rather it was an alternative route. On Nov. 20, by a vote of three-to-two, PSC commissioners approved an order giving TransCanada the go ahead to build the Keystone XL Pipeline utilizing the proposed Mainline Alternative Route. The Mainline Alternative Route was one of three proposed routes (Preferred Route, Sandhills Alternative Route and Mainline Alternative Route) included in the application filed by TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP for the Keystone XL Pipeline through Nebraska.
Reuters reports that opponents view the decision as win for their side in the battle against the proposed crude oil pipeline that would originate and Hardisty, Alberta, Canada and end in Steele CIty, Nebraska.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that the future of the pipeline is muddled following the PSC’s vote denying not only the TransCanada motion, but also a motion from the Sierra Club.
And the Financial Post reports that the denial raises the potential for appeals as the commission’s decision to approve an alternative route for Keystone XL – rather than TransCanada’s preferred route – has been questioned by opponents as a violation of Nebraska statutes.