FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 18, 2018

Contact:
Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska, 402-705-3622, jane@boldnebraska.org
Mark Hefflinger, Bold Nebraska, mark@boldnebraska.org

Bold Nebraska Statement on TransCanada Announcement of Shipper Commitments for Keystone XL Pipeline

Nebraska Supreme Court still to hear landowners’ legal challenge to Public Service Commission approval of “Mainline Alternative” route this fall

Lincoln — After TransCanada today announced shockingly weak commercial support of just 500,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) from shippers for its proposed 830,000 bpd-capacity Keystone XL pipeline — including a 20-year subsidy of 50,000 bpd directly from the Canadian government — Bold Nebraska founder Jane Kleeb issued the following statement.

“The Keystone XL pipeline will never be built,” said Bold Nebraska founder Jane Kleeb. “TransCanada clearly does not have the support necessary for this project, since the company could secure just 500,000 bpd of commitments from shippers on its 830,000 bpd-capacity pipeline — and that’s only with a giant subsidy gift directly from the Canadian government. What’s more, the landowners’ lawsuit challenging the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s approval of an *illegal* pipeline route is still set to be heard by the Nebraska Supreme Court in late 2018.”

On Dec. 27, Nebraska landowners challenging TransCanada’s permit application to build the Keystone XL pipeline through the state filed an appeal of the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s decision to approve the “Mainline Alternative” pipeline route.

The filing from landowners’ attorneys with Domina Law Group triggers a process that will begin with the creation of a full record and transcript of the Nebraska PSC intervenor hearings and legal proceedings, which is scheduled to be completed by Feb. 14th. If the landowners’ case is successful, TransCanada would be compelled to file an entirely new permit application with the Nebraska Public Service Commission, triggering another review process that could take up to a year.

Court schedule for landowners’ appeal of PSC KXL route approval:

  • March 13th: Landowners’ Opening Brief due
  • April 13th: TransCanada’s Reply Brief due
  • ~End of 2018: Expected scheduling of Oral Arguments

Read the Landowners’ Notice of Appeal:
http://boldnebraska.org/landowners-file-appeal-of-keystone-xl-approval-by-nebraska-psc/

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