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Alberta politicians react to Keystone XL approval

The Keystone XL pipeline won approval Monday from regulators in Nebraska. The approval, though, was for the alternative route, not the company’s preferred route. The pipeline will run farther northeast than originally proposed.

The state’s five-member Public Service Commission voted 3-2 in favour of the proposed $10 billion pipeline. Nebraska is the last state along the route to give approval.

Premier Rachel Notley is applauding the decision to approve the line.

“This is another step in our broader effort to bring more Alberta oil to the world, diversify our markets and maximize the value we as Albertans get. Today, U.S. decision makers carefully considered a pipeline and granted an approval.”

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Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd took to social media to talk about what the announcement could mean for the Alberta oil and gas industry.

The Keystone XL Pipeline will run from Hardisty, about 200 kilometres southeast of Edmonton to Steele City, Nebraska. This follows the approval of the Trans Mountain and the Line 3 project. The B.C. NDP are trying to intervene in the Trans Mountain project.

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