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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today released the following statement in response to Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s announcement that an alternate route had been approved for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, after earlier routes through Nebraska had been criticized due to environmental concerns:
“It’s good news that Nebraska leaders found a commonsense compromise to meet environmental concerns of their citizens—it’s good news for our energy security, and for job-creation. This should be the last obstacle in what has been a long and rigorous review process, and I hope the President will move quickly to give the Keystone XL pipeline final approval.”
Last year, McCaskill sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her to speed up the lengthy review process for the northern portion of the pipeline, citing the significant potential for jobs and increased energy security the pipeline's construction would mean for the United States. McCaskill haslong been a supporter of the swift approval and construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, previously voting to force approval of the project.
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