New Keystone route requires months of review
April 19th, 2012
12:05 PM ET
2 years ago

New Keystone route requires months of review

Washington (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 state 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.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    It's about time TransCanada submitted a new route. Republicans have been spinning the blame on to the Obama administration for blocking the project. The whole fuss has been over the fact that conservatives didn't want a new route.

    April 19, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. WiredweirdinSF

    The Obama administration wants to make sure Americans pay more for fuel so they will convert to the government ovwned motors and make more money for the corrupt unions, so they will stand in the way of anything that could lower prices.

    April 19, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. obama victim

    9 months?? anyone ever been to Nebraska??

    April 19, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. John

    The Obama administration and the EPA can stonewall the Keystone pipe line for a few more months, the 2012 landslide Republican win will take care of them. Obama and those in the EPA might as will begin packing; their time is up.

    April 19, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Data Driven

    This story, as always, cracks me up. Just think: if Republicans had just allowed the review process to go forward in the first place, we would've been that much further along. Bwa!

    April 19, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    WiredweirdinSF

    The Obama administration wants to make sure Americans pay more for fuel so they will convert to the government ovwned motors and make more money for the corrupt unions, so they will stand in the way of anything that could lower prices.
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    Please. Explain to the rest of us how this pipeline would lower prices. Please. Open mic, the floor is yours.

    April 19, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    It doesn't really matter anymore. Obama has already done the damage to himself and this country. He hates fossil fuels and has shown he is willing to do whatever he can to stop them from coming to market. He's banking the country's future on algae! This clown has to go...

    April 19, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Terry

    The last paragraph of the story tells it all:

    "Giving the Canadian oil easier access to the Gulf means the glut in the Midwest goes away, making it more expensive for the region, but it would increase the amount of that oil available to global markets."

    This is all about making more money for the oil producers, and not about alleviating our energy concerns or making us less dependent on foreign oil. That ANY politician in this country fights for this proposal is suspect at the very least. The jobs claimed will not materialize and in the end we as a nation will spend more for all distillates.

    April 19, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Joan

    Finally maybe the whole truth about the Keystone pipeline will come out. The President did not cancel the pipeliine. He did what sensible leaders are supposed to do and listened to all sides involved in the issue. Interestingly the person who was most opposed to the original route was the Republican governor of Nebraska and it was the red state of Nebraska who really caused the delay. If TransCanada had been smart and proposed this route in the first place, it probably would have gone through. It is interesting too that the Republican governor never seemed to get interviews and coverage during the whole debate. It was always President Obama's fault. Wonder why he was hushed up. Also, there were other intelligent people such as Ted Turner who had sensible views on the matter and I never heard him on any prime time shows either. It was very lob sided coverage to say the least. That is desappointing because the media is supposed to be fair and balanced. Anyway, if the state of Nebraska OKs this during the six month investigations, then President Obama can OK it too and the Republicans have lost another made up issue just before the election. They will have to find some new issues to be outraged over.

    April 19, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. demwit

    Months of review? How much will that cost?? Ohhhhhhh....., never mind.

    April 19, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    The last paragraph of the story tells it all:

    "Giving the Canadian oil easier access to the Gulf means the glut in the Midwest goes away, making it more expensive for the region, but it would increase the amount of that oil available to global markets."
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    I've been saying that for months. The US is the major purchaser of those resources. The pipeline would cause the selling price to go up. Significantly. Enough to build a 3-foot diameter pipeline thousands of miles long, and the cost to maintain it.

    April 19, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Hammerer

    Not until gas prices top $9 per gallon!

    April 19, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Temporary solution to a long-term sustainable energy problem .

    April 19, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    Americans refuse to let the corporatists to ruin our country, and that is why the President is so popular. The GOP would sell their own mother for a few bucks.
    The rightists (like Romoney) are nothing but social and financial parasites feeding off of the middleclass and working class Americans – the majority in America.

    April 19, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |