Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence (NFJEI) welcomed the release of the State Department's draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the new Keystone XL pipeline route.
"The operational finding here is that there was ‘no significant environmental impact,'" said NFJEI spokesman Barry Rubin. "This is just the latest environmental review that provides compelling reasons to put Nebraskans to work constructing the Keystone XL pipeline."
"Nebraska completed a Keystone XL assessment with Governor Heineman fully supportive of the new route, the last step is for President Obama to approve the project," said Rubin. "We are asking him to do so as soon as possible."
The analysis, which will inform President Obama in his decision of whether to grant the permit to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, will have 45 days of public comment after it is published in the Federal Register.
In addition to responding to comments and finalizing the environmental impact statement, the State Department will conduct a separate analysis of whether the project is in the national interest.
Eight additional agencies are expected to offer input over 90 days in the national interest determination.
"The verdict is in on this project – it has ‘no significant environmental impact,' it creates thousands of private sector Nebraska jobs, hundreds of millions in local tax revenue and helps secure our energy future," said Rubin
Sen. Johanns also shared his reaction to the impact study.
He said Friday, "This is an important project because it creates jobs and increases our nation's energy supply."
"Nebraska has approved the route, the State Department has previously examined the route and now this project should move forward, said Johanns. "There is no reason for President Obama or the State Department to delay a project that is so clearly in the nation's best interest."