On Jan. 22, Governor Dave Heineman of Nebraska approved a revised route of the Keystone XL pipeline through the state of Nebraska. In a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gov. Heineman said that the new route avoided sensitive lands and aquifers.
Last year, President Obama rejected the original route of the pipeline on the basis that it threatened Nebraska’s Sand Hills region and Ogallala aquifer.
The governor also stated that the pipeline’s operator, TransCanada, assured him and state environmental officials that the chances of a spill would be minimized and that TransCanada would assume all responsibility for cleanup if an accident occurs.