Omaha – The Keystone XL pipeline hascleared a big hurdle after the release of the U.S. State Department's finalSupplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) of the proposed route.
TheImpact Statement raised no major environmental objections to Keystone XL oilpipeline from Canada, news that was welcomed by the Nebraskans for Jobs andEnergy Independence (NJEI).
"TheState Department's EIS is welcome news to pipeline supporters," said ChrisPeterson, spokesman for NJEI.
"Thishas been the most studied infrastructure project in American history with whatis now five federal studies, three state studies and nearly 2,000 days sincethe State Department began their review," said Peterson. The spokesman said thepositive report clears part of the way for the new pipeline to create thousandsNebraska jobs and raise millions in tax revenue.
Theprocess isn't over yet for approval of the pipeline. Following the release ofthe FSEIS, the State Department must now determine whether the pipeline projectis in the nation's "national interest".
Alongwith a thirty-day public comments period, eight separate federal agencies haveup to three months to weigh in. After the comment period has closed,Secretary of State John Kerry will make a recommendation to the President onwhether to approve the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline to be constructed acrossthe U.S.-Canadian border.