Additionally, they wrote, "it is in the public interest for the pipelines to be in closer proximity to each other, so as to maximize monitoring resources and increase the efficiency of response times" with "issues that may arise with either pipeline".
The Sierra Club added that it would oppose the pipeline along any route because "the pipeline would transport dirty, climate-polluting tar sands through Nebraska to the Gulf Coast for export, threatening land, water, and communities along the way". He also championed completion of the Energy Transfer Partners LP-led Dakota Access Pipeline, which runs from northwestern North Dakota to IL via South Dakota and Iowa. The administration argued that no further environmental reviews were necessary when President Donald Trump approved construction of Keystone XL.
"Regardless of the Public Service Commission's decision today, millions of people across the country will continue to speak out and demand that the Keystone XL project never gets built". "Execution risk is likely to remain high".
Some analysts have questioned the financials of the Keystone XL project in the face of falling crude oil prices that have hurt production growth from relatively expensive oil sands formations. In a November call with investors, though, Girling suggested that the outlook was positive.
"It remains a 'stay tuned, '" MacFarlane said of yesterday's project development.
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The decision by the Public Service Commission (PSC) comes just days after a section of the pipeline in nearby South Dakota leaked 210,000 gallons of oil.
Once again, that threw into sharp relief concerns about the project's effect on the environment.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana disagreed, saying members of the organizations live in the states through which the pipeline would be built and "highly value and have studied the ... protected specials whose habitat the Keystone XL Pipeline threatens". The state's Public Utility Commission is now awaiting the forensic analysis results from the spill to see whether any of the conditions it imposed on the pipeline's operator, TransCanada, had been violated, one commission official told Reuters. Crystal Rhoades, a Democrat who represents the liberal Lincoln area, laid out her objections in a lengthy dissent that could guide future legal challenges. The decision, though, wasn't wrinkle-free: The panel mandated an alternative route that was immediately targeted by the project's opponents as lacking adequate vetting.
A State Department spokesperson said yesterday that the agency was "in the process of gaining more precise information in order to determine if there will be any permitting impacts as a result of those changes".
She was joined in voting against the proposal by Mary Ridder, one of the four Republicans on the commission.