Five things to watch in the new Keystone fight

November 24, 2017

Nebraska's approval of the Keystone XL pipeline was a key step in supporters’ years-long fight to build the controversial project.

But the decision raised fresh questions about the future of the pipeline, which is still many regulatory and legal decisions away from the getting the final green light.

Here's what to watch as the debate over the $8 billion, 830,000-barrel-per-day Keystone XL pipeline moves forward.

Developers need more permits

Nebraska's decision Monday to approve the pipeline route was a landmark moment in the Keystone saga, but it’s not the final time regulators will decide the pipeline's fate.

The Bureau of Land Management needs to issue a permit allowing pipeline construction on a small swatch of federal land along its path, said Sierra Club senior attorney Doug Hayes. The Army Corps of Engineers also has to authorize its construction over waterways along the route.

The Trump administration has aggressively supported the Keystone proposal, issuing a presidential permit in March allowing the pipeline to cross the U.S.-Canada border.

Moving Keystone forward is one of the first-year accomplishments President Trump most likes to bring up, raising the possibility developer TransCanada gets the final federal permits it requires.

Montana and South Dakota have previously...

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