Houston, TX – Consumer Energy Alliance Executive VP Michael Whatley notes the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality release of its pipeline evaluation plan will help correct critics and ensures consumers are on track to having a dependable energy supply from a trusted neighbor.

“Nebraska is doing it right.  Public input allows false claims to be corrected and the best possible plan for the pipeline to be put in place.  Consumer Energy Alliance is reviewing the DEQ plan and is eager to participate in upcoming public forums.”

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“The Keystone XL project will bring much-needed jobs and revenue to all of the states along its corridor, particularly Nebraska.  We commend the State of Nebraska and the DEQ for its efficient and timely evaluation of the new route through Nebraska, and we strongly encourage Governor Heineman to approve the new route as soon as the DEQ has finalized its process.”

What’s Next?

Following today’s release, the DEQ will commence a public review process that will include a formal public hearing in Nebraska.  Information received during this public review process will be incorporated into in a final evaluation report and submitted to the Nebraska governor for his approval.  Once this process is complete, the U.S. Department of State will then conduct its second environmental impact statement of the Keystone XL project, including information gained from the Nebraska DEQ process, and will determine whether to grant Keystone XL a presidential permit to begin construction of the Hardisty, Alberta-to-Steele City, NE pipeline. This process is expected to go through 2013.