It's all a double edged sword no matter what side you're on. The much fought about Keystone XL Pipeline just demolished one of its final obstructions, despite having a massive leak. Nebraska state regulators voted to approve the pipeline.
For many that is unsettling news.
BUT!! There is still hope. Nebraska state regulators may have voted to approve the pipeline but they then rejected the proposed route, making the pipeline's future unknown.
The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted 3-2 to give the project a green light a mere five days after the original Keystone pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota.
This decision will undoubtedly further fuel the nearly decade-long battle between the Trump administration and environmentalists.
TransCanada must now put forth an application for an alternative route or appeal the decision, a process that could take up to two years.
But it's all still possible.
Twitter had a ton of thoughts; especially because the recent leak caused a great deal of concern.
It’s been just 4 days since the Keystone Pipeline spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. Despite this atrocity, Nebraska has approved #KeystoneXL. I will keep fighting to protect our land from this disastrous proposal.https://t.co/na0scYYa7v— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) November 20, 2017
Well it has the go ahead to be built, but with so many more hurdles to jump.
Even if it gets approval for a new route, TransCanada may still not even build the pipeline.
The company predicts spending $8 billion, which would take nearly three years to build. The firm has already spent $3 billion on steel piping, land rights and lobbying. Pipelines make transporting crude cheaper, a critical revenue driver at a time of persistently low oil prices. But the oil industry doesn’t necessarily want Keystone XL anymore.
If it's leaking before the major construction even begins, maybe that's a BIG red flag!
Just a thought!