The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality has completed its Draft Evaluation Report for Keystone's proposed Nebraska Reroute of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The report is available on NDEQ's web site.
The agency is also announcing that a public hearing and information session will be held in Albion on Dec. 4, at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
"Input from Nebraskans has been tremendously helpful for our work so far," said Mike Linder. "Prior to finalizing the report and submitting it to the Governor, we will carefully consider all additional comments made through the end of the hearing."
TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP (Keystone) proposes to construct, operate, and maintain an 875 mile long, 36-inch diameter crude oil pipeline from the U.S.-Canadian border to Steele City.
Keystone submitted a new proposed route in April. Based on public and agency input, Keystone refined the route in the Supplemental Environmental Report, which was submitted to NDEQ in September. NDEQ evaluated Keystone's proposed refined Nebraska Reroute and has completed its Draft Evaluation Report.
The 600-page draft report provides findings to date regarding Keystone's submissions. Among the findings:
The public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4, in the Event Center at the Boone County Fairgrounds, 2616 Fairgrounds Road, Albion. This is a formal public hearing to obtain testimony or comment regarding the state's Draft Evaluation Report and Keystone's Nebraska Reroute. Those with extensive comments are urged to submit them in writing, so all of their comments can be reviewed and considered by the agency.
The hearing will be preceded by an information session from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Casey's Building at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The information session will be an opportunity for the public to meet and talk with those from the agency involved in the review, in an informal "open house" format.
To view a copy of the draft Environmental Report, go to NDEQ's new web site at http://deq.ne.gov/ and click on the link to the pipeline project review page, located at: https://ecmp.nebraska.gov/deq-seis/.
Public comments will continue to be accepted through Dec. 4, 2012. Comments may be submitted electronically at the pipeline web site, or submitted via e-mail to NDEQ.SEISpubliccomment@Nebraska.gov. Written comments can be mailed to: NDEQ Pipeline Project Comments, P.O. Box 98922, Lincoln, NE 68509-8922. Written comments can also be submitted at the information session on Dec. 4. Written testimony can be provided at the public hearing.