Final route avoids significant environmental impacts while maximizing economic benefits

Houston, TX:  Today, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) issued the following release regarding the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s transmittal of the Final Evaluation Report on the Keystone XL Pipeline to Governor Heineman earlier today:

“We commend the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality for its dedication to a thorough, scientific-based evaluation and for its consistent engagement with landowners and the public throughout this process and call on Governor Heineman to approve the new route through Nebraska.”

“CEA is pleased to see that the re-route process has clearly and effectively resolved concerns about impacts to the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills region. Not only does the report reaffirm that the project will have no significant environmental impact, the report also concludes Keystone XL will provide significant benefits to the Nebraska economy including $465 million in new spending within the state and an additional $390 million in gross state product. It will also support more than 4,500 high paying jobs and provide much-needed revenues to both the State and local governments.”

“We hope that Governor Heineman will, after a thorough review of the NDEQ report will approve the new route and allow the federal review of this project to move forward.”