The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline and its allies faced a litany of tough questions Monday in front of a Nebraska commission that will decide whether to approve the project’s final leg through the state.
The Nebraska Public Service Commission hearing is the last major regulatory hurdle pipeline developer TransCanada must overcome in its nine-year quest to complete the $8 billion pipeline.
An attorney for Nebraska landowners who oppose the Keystone XL grilled several of the project’s top managers about whether the commission should impose requirements on their application, such as maintaining several feet of topsoil over the pipe and removing it if it’s ever decommissioned.
Omaha attorney Dave Domina questioned whether TransCanada would agree to limits on how long the pipeline would remain in the ground if it’s approved, an idea one company executive rejected.
“The commission should know that this route, if they want to permit it, doesn’t have…
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