The U.S. State Department acknowledged receiving TransCanada Energy's revised application for its Keystone XL oil pipeline today, but the new path is still angering environmentalists.
The new route avoids the Sandhills region of Nebraska, the area that led to President Barack Obama's halt of the plan earlier this year. However, Bold Nebraska, which opposes the plan, said Keystone would still travel near an aquifer used by eight states.
According to the Washington Post, the proposed $7-billion pipeline would run from northern Alberta and oilsand (or tar sand) extraction sites to Steele City, Neb., and (eventually) refineries at the Gulf of Mexico. Because it crosses the U.S.-Canada border, the State Department must approve the plan.
A State Department news release said it would “determine if granting a permit for the proposed pipeline is in the national interest.”
The earliest it could be approved would be late 2013, after reviews based on environmental, health, cultural, economic and foreign-policy factors.