The U.S. State Department has given preliminary environmental approval to a proposed alternative route through Nebraska for the Keystone XL pipeline, a route that is currently being challenged by landowners and other project opponents in the Nebraska Supreme Court.

The State Department, which has already issued a cross-border permit for TransCanada Corp.’s project found that the conduit’s approved route would have no significant environmental impacts in a draft environmental assessment of a route through the Cornhusker State.  The pipeline route was previously approved by the Nebraska Public Service Commission in 2017. The State Department concluded that most environmental impacts, including climate change impacts, from construction and operation of the pipeline route would be minor or negligible.

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