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BREAKING: Governor approves new oil pipeline route (Keystone)
Nebraska Watchdog ^ | January 22, 2013 | By Deena Winter

Posted on 01/22/2013 9:06:01 AM PST by Zeneta

BREAKING: Governor approves new oil pipeline route.......

LINCOLN — Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved the rerouted Keystone XL oil pipeline path through Nebraska, putting the final decision squarely in the lap of President Obama’s administration.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: energy; keystonexl; oil; pipeline
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1 posted on 01/22/2013 9:06:06 AM PST by Zeneta
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To: Zeneta

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His decision came after reviewing a 2,000-page state report on the new route through Nebraska found that controversial Keystone XL pipeline “could have minimal environmental impacts in Nebraska,” according to Nebraska’s environmental regulatory agency.

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2 posted on 01/22/2013 9:07:34 AM PST by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: Zeneta

zero is more flexible now. zero chance he approves it.


3 posted on 01/22/2013 9:12:31 AM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Zeneta

Watch for Obama to put the kibosh on it with some Executive Order (it is Obama’s divine right to rule by decree, you know because he’s both God and King rolled up in one).


4 posted on 01/22/2013 9:13:57 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: cableguymn

Yes,

The big 0 seems to pick his battles.

Colorado passes law that violates federal law.

Nebraska, jumps through hoops to please the Gov’t,and finds a solution.

Colorado, It’s OK, they just want to get stoned.

Nebraska, big problem, they want to create jobs and reduce energy costs.


5 posted on 01/22/2013 9:17:58 AM PST by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: Zeneta

Just build the pipeline and tell Obama to stuff it. He operates with no rule of law so why should they?


6 posted on 01/22/2013 9:20:35 AM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: AtlasStalled

Watch for Obama to us approval of the Keystone pipeline as a bargaining chip in his budget negotiations with the Reps.


7 posted on 01/22/2013 9:21:54 AM PST by kabar
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To: struggle

I agree.

Build it !!!

Make them send in Federal troops to stop them.

And when it’s done, I want to see the Governor stand up and say:

I BUILT THAT !!!


8 posted on 01/22/2013 9:25:21 AM PST by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: struggle

Just build it? Why would anyone sink money into it and face not being able to use it? The most critical part of the pipeline is the section crossing the international border with Canada. The State Department is holding it up pending the results of its study scheduled for release in the next two months.


9 posted on 01/22/2013 9:29:18 AM PST by kabar
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To: kabar

The only way Odumbo will approve the Keystone line will be if the “money cart” diverts through his bank account.


10 posted on 01/22/2013 9:36:50 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: kabar

OK,

Help me out here.

Is the section that crosses the border the one that is pending the study results ?

Is the study looking at multiple sites ?

If so, I agree with you.


11 posted on 01/22/2013 9:37:51 AM PST by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: Zeneta
FYI: TransCanada is building the pipeline, not the state of Nebraska. It is a Canadian firm based in Calgary. From the article:

"In areas of northern Nebraska where the soil is susceptible to erosion, the pipeline company, TransCanada, would use “special procedures” to build the pipeline.

TransCanada also agreed to 57 “special conditions” governing the pipeline’s construction, operation and maintenance which would be enforced by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

The DEQ said in the event of an oil spill, the impact on the aquifer “should be localized” and TransCanada would have to pay for cleanup. TransCanada agreed to carry at least $200 million in liability insurance to cover “sudden and accidental pollution incidents from Keystone XL Pipeline in Nebraska.”

TransCanada first applied for a federal permit to build the pipeline in 2008, but ran into stiff opposition in Nebraska. In late 2011, TransCanada agreed to reroute the pipeline around the Sandhills, but the project still faces considerable opposition in the state, where about 800 people showed up for the final DEQ public hearing on the project in December."

12 posted on 01/22/2013 9:38:10 AM PST by kabar
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To: kabar

Yes, I got that, it’s from the article.

Your suggestion that the State Dept. is waiting for study results, and in particular, the border crossing is something I’m not aware of.


13 posted on 01/22/2013 9:45:09 AM PST by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: Progov
Obama will use whatever leverage he has to destroy the GOP and get what he wants. He can appear like the Great Compromiser by approving it in return for higher taxes, aka closing tax loopholes. The unions support approval because of more jobs. It can be a win-win for Obama.

He may incur the wrath of the environazis, but he can mitigate that by pushing a climate change agenda including cap and trade, which will raise more revenue.

14 posted on 01/22/2013 9:45:24 AM PST by kabar
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To: Zeneta
From the article: "The U.S. State Department is working on its own environmental review of the proposed pipeline, which is expected to be released sometime in the first quarter of 2013."

"In a letter to the State Department explaining his decision, Heineman cited the points made in the state Department of Environmental Quality report, which said the new route avoids the ecologically fragile Sandhills but still crosses portions of the Ogallala Aquifer but that any oil spill “should be localized” and TransCanada would be responsible for any cleanup. He noted construction of the pipeline is expected to create $418 million in economic benefits, according to the $5 million DEQ study, which was largely paid for by TransCanada."

15 posted on 01/22/2013 9:48:29 AM PST by kabar
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To: kabar

Again, “crossing the border” ?


16 posted on 01/22/2013 9:51:01 AM PST by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: Zeneta
Yes, private concerns cannot build a pipeline that crosses our national border without approval from the USG. It falls within the realm of diplomacy.

The State Department is doing its own evionmental impact statement along the entire route of the pipeline. The Nebraska portion has always been the most controversial and the reason for the State Department's involvement environmentally. Environmental groups have been challenging the route for the get-go.

As far as crossing the border is concerned, what good is the pipeline if you can't connect it to the source of oil in Canada? Why do you think TransCanada is building it?

17 posted on 01/22/2013 9:57:52 AM PST by kabar
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To: Zeneta

was there a lot of oil pollution from the current pipelines in the Ogallala aquifier areas?


18 posted on 01/22/2013 9:58:32 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: kabar

EPA etc keeps moving the goal posts; it’ll never be approved by them or 0scumbag.


19 posted on 01/22/2013 10:17:05 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s/15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. Self-Defense is The First Human Right.)
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To: Zeneta

This is the same Governor who just proposed the end of income taxes for individual and corporations in Nebraska.

I have been thru Nebraska on horseback, on the Pony Express Trail. It is a very nice state. Had the best beef there I have ever eaten.

I hope there is no delay in this Governor’s proposals, because that would mean that the portion of the pipeline built in Nebraska would not have income taxes charged on that labor!!!!


20 posted on 01/22/2013 10:24:21 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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