TransCanada Reapplies for Keystone

by Nash Keune

According to the Washington Post, TransCanada is reapplying for a cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline:

The Canadian firm behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will reapply Friday for a federal permit to ship crude oil from the oil sands fields of Alberta to the United States, according to people familiar with the company’s plans.

Importantly:

The company also unveiled a new route for the pipeline through Nebraska. President Obama, environmentalists and many Nebraskans — including the state’s Republican governor, Dave Heineman — had raised concerns that the project’s original route could imperil Nebraska’s ecologically sensitive Sandhills region, as well as the Ogallala aquifer, a major source of drinking water for state residents.

The new route would steer clear of the Sandhills region, although it still runs over parts of the Ogallala aquifer.