Omaha – The Keystone XL pipeline has cleared a big hurdle after the release of the U.S. State Department's final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) of the proposed route.
The Impact Statement raised no major environmental objections to Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, news that was welcomed by the Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence (NJEI).
"The State Department's EIS is welcome news to pipeline supporters," said Chris Peterson, spokesman for NJEI.
"This has been the most studied infrastructure project in American history with what is now five federal studies, three state studies and nearly 2,000 days since the State Department began their review," said Peterson. The spokesman said the positive report clears part of the way for the new pipeline to create thousands Nebraska jobs and raise millions in tax revenue.
The process isn't over yet for approval of the pipeline. Following the release of the FSEIS, the State Department must now determine whether the pipeline project is in the nation's "national interest".
Along with a thirty-day public comments period, eight separate federal agencies have up to three months to weigh in. After the comment period has closed, Secretary of State John Kerry will make a recommendation to the President on whether to approve the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline to be constructed across the U.S.-Canadian border.