Gov. Dave Heineman says he supports efforts to accelerate the federal approval process for a controversial crude oil pipeline through Nebraska.
The Republican governor said Monday that he'd like to see the Keystone XL project move forward as soon as state officials agree to a new, acceptable route in Nebraska.
Pipeline developer TransCanada agreed to divert the 1,700-mile project away from the sensitive Nebraska Sandhills after Heineman called a special session aimed at the Keystone XL. Environmentalists say the Canada-to-Texas pipeline threatens the state's water and wildlife.
The U.S. State Department has said it will delay a decision until 2013, after the presidential election. U.S. House Republicans are attempting to force an earlier decision.
Late Monday, the State Department warned that congressional interference with the Keystone XL pipeline could backfire. The State Department has authority over the project because it crosses an
The statement said that if Congress imposes an arbitrary deadline for a permit decision, it could prevent the administration from meeting environmental laws that govern the approval process.
In that case, officials say the department would be unable to make a determination to issue a permit.'