The US government is planning to move ahead with the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline through Nebraska, which has been on the front burner since the 2016 election, following a request from the state’s Republican governor.
US officials have previously indicated that the pipeline would cross the state line and potentially cross into Nebraska, but the Nebraska Public Service Commission has rejected that proposal.
The commission also has not publicly indicated its view on the pipeline’s route or whether it would cross through the state.
The pipeline would then cross the border with Canada, and would be able to transport up to 890,000 barrels of crude oil a day from the Bakken formation in North Dakota to a refinery in Kansas City.
The project is currently under review by the US Department of State.
A number of states have expressed their opposition to the pipeline.
In February, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said that she would not approve a permit for the pipeline if the project would cross into Oklahoma.
In April, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, who was running for the Republican nomination for the 2016 US presidential nomination, also expressed concerns about the pipeline crossing the state, saying it would be a disaster if it did.
The company behind the pipeline, Canadian company Enbridge, has said that the project is in the final stages of environmental assessments, and that it will likely proceed with the project.
Enbridge’s CEO Russ Girling said that Nebraska’s rejection of the pipeline is a clear victory for the company.
“This is an historic day for Nebraska, for Nebraska people, and for our industry, which is proud to have the support of Nebraska Gov.
Fallin and President Donald Trump,” Girling told reporters.
“We’re hopeful that Nebraska will be a leader in ensuring this project can move forward, and we’re excited to see the results.”
The pipeline has also attracted strong opposition from Nebraska residents and local businesses.
“It’s just not something that I support.
It’s just something that isn’t something that should be happening in the state,” one resident of the town of Oskaloosa told ABC News.
“They’re bringing all these people to the area that are already here and they’re putting up signs that say ‘We don’t want it here’.”
In the case of the Nebraska proposal, the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announced that the proposed pipeline crossing would be “preferred to bypass” Oskalnosa, rather than the town.
In a statement, NDOT said that it had reviewed the Nebraska DOT’s environmental assessment, and found that the Nebraska EPA had determined that Oskalta’s wetlands were not “at risk of being impacted by the proposed route.”
“We are also confident that the State’s permitting process has been completed and that this is the most prudent route for the proposed project to proceed,” the statement read.
Encore Pipeline, the company behind Enbridge and Keystone XL, has not commented on Nebraska’s decision.