USA: Nebraska approves controversial Keystone XL pipeline

*SEVERAL SHOTS* *SEVERAL SHOTS* Opponents to the construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline in Lincoln, Nebraska celebrated a small victory on Monday after the Public Service Commission voted to approve Trans Canada’s request but rejected the company’s preferred route. “It’s a victory for half of the land owners because half of the landowners are off the route now. They didn... Еще't approve the preferred route. So we will fight this now in federal court,” affirmed Bold Alliance president Jane Kleeb. Trans Canada’s preferred route ran close to Nebraska’s Ogallala aquifer. That underground water supply runs from nearly one end of the state of Nebraska to the other. It spreads out over about 174,000 square miles of underlying territory and it supplies drinking water for many residents. The Canadian company has been trying since 2008 to get the approval to build the underground line which runs south through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas and extends east into Missouri and Illinois. The decision comes as 210,000 gallons of oil leaked last Thursday from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota. The project was rejected in 2015 by President Barack Obama over environmental concerns, but in January President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders that advanced both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

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