After being intially rejected due to the sensitive sandhills area in Nebraska, TransCanada Corp has submitted a new proposal for the Keystone XL pipeline to Nebraska environmental officials. The pipeline requires a presidential permit since it crosses international borders. The pipeline would carry crude oil from the Alberta Oilsands to Port Arthur, Texas.
Details of the new route through Nebraska have not been made available, but apparently TransCanada submitted several alternate routes in addition to the preferred route.
The XL Keystone pipeline has become political football between Republicans and Democrats, especially in view of high pump prices. Today the House of Representatives passed a transportation funding bill that included an authorization of the XL Keystone pipeline by a vote of 293 - 127. Prior to the president rejection of the line beyond the 2012 election, environmentalist protested at the White House for weeks. The President has been accused of making a political decision to appease his left base. The President claims it was rejected because there was not enough time for a fair review before a looming deadline forced on him by congressional Republicans.
After today's house vote, the Obama Administration vowed to veto the pipeline project, arguing that such a requirement would bypass long-standing practices on how to approve cross-border pipelines.
The State Department, which is responsible for approving the new route said it had not received the new proposal yet.
Don't expect this project to go anywhere until after the election.