Omaha, NE.—The Keystone XL pipeline is moving forward with construction “expected” to begin sometime next year, according to a lengthy statement released this morning by TransCanada.
Company President Russ Girling says TransCanada is “significantly closer” to building the KXL.
The company says shippers continue to support the controversial project adding that today’s announcement builds on the Nebraska Public Service’s November decision to approve an alternate route through the state.
TransCanada continues to insist the project has “minimal impact” to the public and Nebraska’s natural resources.
According to the statement, “TransCanada is continuing outreach in the communities where the pipeline will be constructed and is working collaboratively with landowners in an open and transparent way to obtain the necessary easements for the approved route.”
Opponents of the pipeline have long-said they will continue to fight the project in the courts and with civil disobedience if necessary.