TransCanada will re-route Keystone pipeline

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November 14th, 2011

Omaha, NE – Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature Mike Flood announced today that the Keystone XL pipeline will be re-routed away from the Nebraska Sandhills. Flood said TransCanada officials have agreed to voluntarily re-route the pipeline, which is planned to carry oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

TransCanada's proposed Keystone pipeline has sparked protests around the state. (Photo credit Nebraska Watchdog)

The pipeline’s proposed route across Nebraska’s Ogallala Aquifer sparked protests across the state, and in Washington D.C., as opponents said they feared an oil spill could damage the ecologically fragile aquifer, a major source of water for Nebraska and surrounding states. Last week, the U.S. State Department announced it would delay its decision on whether to approve TransCanada’s permit to build the pipeline until alternative routes could be examined.

TransCanada has scheduled a news conference for late this afternoon to officially announce the change in plans.

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