South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he hopes people who exercise their First Amendment rights will do so peacefully after a Nebraska commission approved a Keystone XL oil pipeline route through that state.
Nebraska regulators approved passage of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline Monday, clearing the last major regulatory hurdle for the controversial $10-billion project but creating a new wrinkle by choosing an alternative route.
TransCanada Corp. says work is well underway to clean up a sizeable oil leak on its Keystone pipeline in South Dakota that occurred days before a vote on the fate of the company's flagship pipeline proposal.
TransCanada Corp. said its original Keystone pipeline has leaked an estimated 795,000 litres of oil in Marshall County, S.D. just days before Nebraska is set to decide the fate of plans to expand the pipeline network.
A decision on the last major regulatory hurdle for TransCanada in its nine-year quest to complete the Keystone XL pipeline will be made next week. The Nebraska Public Service Commission will vote on its approval on Nov. 20.
Attorneys for the Trump administration said a federal judge has no authority to second-guess a presidential permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline as they seek to stop a lawsuit that would block the project.
Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline questioned its proposed pathway through Nebraska on Tuesday in hopes that state regulators will reject or reroute it, a decision that would create more delays for the 9-year-old project.