Omaha Public Radio News
11:59 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Gov. Heineman: deny permits for Keystone XL project

Omaha, NE – Governor Dave Heineman wants permits for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project denied.

Heineman sent a letter Wednesday to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging denial of permits for the pipeline project. TransCanada wants to build a pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas. In Nebraska, the pipeline would run through the Ogallala Aquifer.

Heineman says he's concerned about the impact on water quality. "I'm not opposed to pipelines, I'm opposed to this route. And if the President would deny this permit, it would force a change in the route. That's what most Nebraskans want, change the route, protect our water supply."

TransCanada already has a pipeline running through eastern Nebraska. Heineman says he'd support a change in the route to run through this area.

The State Department issued a final environmental impact statement last week on the Keystone XL project. Permits for the pipeline project could be issued within the next 60 to 90 days.