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Keystone XL’s New Route Through Nebraska

. . . will take six to nine months to review. CNN:

A proposed new route through Nebraska for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will require six to nine months of review under the normal process conducted by state and federal officials, a Nebraska official said Thursday.

Mike Linder, director of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, told CNN that the proposal from TransCanada will undergo a public comment period followed by final revisions by the company before his agency does its full assessment.

Noting the delay in the project over the route alteration, Linder said: “We’re still saying six to nine months.”

TransCanada, the company proposing the pipeline from Canada’s oil sands production in northern Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast, is seeking approval for a new route east of the initially proposed route, which went over an environmentally sensitive aquifer.

A State Department official told CNN on Thursday that the Obama administration has not received a new permit application for the proposed alternate route for the northern portion of the pipeline.

When the department receives an application, the next step would be to coordinate with Nebraska and other states along the route as they assess the proposal, the official said on background.

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