Keeping Nebraska Safe
We understand the importance of Nebraska’s special resources including the Sandhills and the vast Ogallala Aquifer and we will not jeopardize them. Here’s some facts about these important areas and what we are doing to ensure they are kept safe.
The proposed route does not traverse the Sandhills. In 2012, after an extensive public consultation process in Nebraska, the route was adjusted to reflect input from thousands of Nebraskans to avoid sensitive and important areas like the Sandhills in Nebraska. This route was subsequently endorsed by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
Modern Technology and Safe Operations
When it comes to pipeline safety, TransCanada employs the most modern construction techniques and takes extra safety precautions.
One of the ways this is done is by using state-of-the-art construction techniques like horizontal directional drilling which is used to bury the pipeline well below the river beds. This will allow the pipe to be buried deeper on both sides of the river bank, offering protection from floods or high river levels.
Additional safety measures including stronger steel, remotely operated shut-off valves spaced at a maximum of 20-mile intervals, and increased inspections are also employed to ensure the safe operation of the pipeline.
In addition, we have comprehensive emergency response plans in place which outline the steps we will take to respond in the unlikely event of an incident.
Learn more about our commitment to safety on Keystone XL.