TransCanada could reapply for permit Friday

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May 3rd, 2012

Omaha, NE – The company that wants to build a pipeline through Nebraska is reportedly ready to try again.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that the Canadian oil company, TransCanada, is planning to re-apply for its permit from the U.S. State Department as early as Friday.

TransCanada's Preferred Alternative Corridor submitted to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality April 19th. Click image to enlarge.

Quoting an anonymous source, the paper said TransCanada will submit its revised route for the Nebraska portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which is planned to carry oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The southern portion of the pipeline is already under construction. The new Nebraska route is still under review by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, which has scheduled four public hearings on the topic, beginning next week: in O’Neill on May 9, Neligh on May 10, Albion on May 16, and Central City on May 17.

The U.S. State Department rejected TransCanada’s original permit application in January, after it hit a wave of opposition in Nebraska over its planned route through the Nebraska Sandhills and the Ogallala Aquifer, a major water supply.

The new proposed route avoids much of the Sandhills region, but it still crosses parts of the Aquifer. Environmental groups have called the new route unacceptable, saying it continues to pose a threat to the water supply. In a statement, Jane Kleeb from Bold Nebraska, a leading pipeline critic, said despite the new route, “The fundamental facts remain, Americans are being asked to put clean water at risk and Nebraskans are being asked to give up their property rights for an extreme form of energy.”

TransCanada has not confirmed that it plans to resubmit its proposal tomorrow, but in an email to the Washington Post, a spokesman said the company “hopes to do that soon.”

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