Revised Keystone XL route gets an all-clear from US State Department
The US Department of State has issued an updated environmental assessment (EA) on Keystone XL's revised route, as approved by the state of Nebraska.
The government agency once again concluded the project poses no threat to the environment, and any spills in the state of Nebraska would have a minimal impact to groundwater quality. The conclusions are similar to those reached in the draft EA released at the end of July on Keystone XL's Mainline Alternative Route.
Last month, a Montana judge ordered the State Department to conduct the review of the revised route, taking into account new coordinates, which differed from the routing reflected in the federal permit issued last year.
TransCanada says it plans to start construction sometime in 2019, but has yet to make a final investment decision.