Listening to Nebraskans
On February 16th, 2017, TransCanada filed an application with the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) seeking approval for the Keystone XL route through the State.
Between August 7-11, 2017, TransCanada participated in the week-long public hearing advocating for the Keystone XL pipeline’s route approval through Nebraska. The hearing was the final step needed to fully permit the project in Nebraska.
On Monday, November 20, 2017, the PSC approved the Keystone XL Alternative Mainline Route through the state. As a result of the decision, TransCanada is currently conducting a careful review of the PSC’s ruling while assessing how the decision would impact the cost and schedule of the project.
Read a thank you letter from TransCanada (PDF, 12 KB)
Below are some commonly asked questions about the PSC process and the route:
What is the current status of the PSC process?
On Monday, November 20, 2017 the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the Keystone XL Alternative Mainline Route through the state. As a result of the decision, TransCanada is currently conducting a careful review of the PSC’s ruling while assessing how the decision would impact the cost and schedule of the project.
How does the approval of the Keystone XL Alternative Mainline Route affect the State Department process?
The Presidential Permit, which allows us to cross the border from Canada into the U.S., is separate from the permit required in Nebraska. We are currently reviewing the impact of the PSC’s decision to approve the Keystone XL Alternative Mainline Route in Nebraska.
Which Counties does the route cross?
The Keystone XL Alternative Mainline Route is 280.5 miles long and would start at the Nebraska-South Dakota border in Keya Paha County, Nebraska and terminate at Steele City in Jefferson County, Nebraska. The route passes through Keya Paha, Boyd, Holt, Antelope, Madison, Stanton, Platte, Colfax, Butler, Seward, Saline, and Jefferson counties. Learn more about the Keystone XL route.
Does the route still cross the Sandhills?
No, the route does not traverse the Sandhills.
What is the status of easement agreements with landowners in the state?
We will treat all landowners who may be affected by the Keystone XL project with honesty, respect and fairness.
We will negotiate in good faith and give them the time they need to understand the project and what it means for them and their families.
Do you expect to use eminent domain on the remaining landowners?
We are confident in our ability to constructively engage with landowners regarding the remaining needed easements.