LINCOLN – The fate of the Keystone XL oil pipeline once again rests with a Nebraska commission.
The Nebraska Public Service Commission announced Thursday that they received an application from TransCanada, seeking approval of the proposed route, which would go through Holt, Antelope, Boone and Nance Counties on its way to gulf coast refineries.
The NPSC will now begin a seven-month process to evaluate whether or not to approve the route.
Commission officials have a number of factors to weigh, however according to state statute they are not allowed to evaluate safety considerations, including safety of the pipeline’s design, installation or the impact of potential spills or leaks from the pipeline.
The Commission does study the potential impact on natural resources.
Commission officials say they will be taking public comment. The dates and times for those hearings have yet to be determined.