The Canadian company that wants to build another oil pipeline to carry crude oil to Gulf Coast refineries remains optimistic about the project after President Obama won re-election.
TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard says the company believes Obama will eventually approve the Keystone XL project once it reaches his desk next year because it will deliver oil from a friendly country. The Obama administration has expressed general support for the project, but had concerns, along with Nebraska officials about how its original route could have affected environmentally sensitive areas.
Howard says TransCanada is focused on finalizing the pipeline's new route through Nebraska. State regulators will hold a public hearing on it December 4th.
There are opponents to the project regardless of the route. Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska says her group continues to oppose the project and plans to try to persuade President Obama and Nebraska officials to reject it.
Environmental groups worry the pipeline could contaminate underground water supplies and increase air pollution around refineries.