Stand.earth statement on conditional approval of Keystone XL pipeline by Nebraska commission

November 20, 2017

Nebraska Public Service Commission rejects TransCanada’s preferred route for Keystone XL pipeline, but approves “mainline alternative.”

Bellingham, WA — This morning, the Nebraska Public Service Commission issued their decision on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline route, rejecting the company’s preferred route but approving the “mainline alternative” on a different path. If built, this pipeline would connect the tar sands in Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Even with conditional approval of the alternative route, TransCanada faces an uphill battle in moving the project forward. Because an alternative route was approved, the company must secure property easements from a new group of landowners. TransCanada said in testimony the alternative route is unworkable, and it won’t decide until December whether the project is financially feasible. The decision will likely trigger an appeal by landowners, future lawsuits, and possible large-scale civil disobedience.

In response to the decision, Stand.earth issued the following statement:

“Despite conditional approval for an alternative route for Keystone XL, this pipeline will never be built. There’s too much at stake to allow this dirty, dangerous project to move forward. The movement to stop new fossil infrastructure is only getting stronger, and today’s decision does nothing to alter that fact. We will continue to stand by farmers, ranchers, tribes, and others who are concerned about the impact this pipeline would have on their soil, water, and health.

Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline was approved — and never built. Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline was approved — but will never be built. In the same way we fought these dead and dying projects, we must fight today’s approval of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline — and ensure it, too, will never be built,” said Todd Paglia, Executive Director of Stand.earth.

Media contact: Virginia Cleaveland, virginia@stand.earth, 510-858-9902