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Keystone: the governor of Nebraska wants to push the project

LINCOLN, United States – The Governor of Nebraska, Dave Heineman, said he supported efforts to speed up the approval by the Obama administration, the Keystone XL pipeline project.

On Monday during a conference call, the Republican governor acknowledged that he would like the draft submitted by TransCanada Alberta society to move forward as soon as the leaders of the state will be heard on a new route through the Nebraska.

TransCanada agreed to review the route of the pipeline of 2720 km to avoid the Sand Hills region, after Mr. Heineman had convened a special session dedicated to the Keystone XL. The project will face an environmental assessment of the authorities of Nebraska, before Mr. Heineman makes a recommendation to the State Department must approve or refuse to issue a federal permit.

Environmental activists argue that the pipeline, which should extend from Canada to Texas, continues to threaten the rivers and wildlife of the state. They also reject the argument that the project will create thousands of jobs and reduce dependence on U.S. oil from hostile nations say.

The Keystone XL project has focused attention on the international scene when environmentalists and some landowners have asked the Obama administration to reject the project.

The State Department announced that it would not make a decision until 2013, after the presidential election, but Republicans in Congress trying to force a decision faster. A clause in a bill to extend the social security contributions and unemployment benefits would force the State Department to comment on the project before the election in November 2012.

But later in Washington, the Obama administration has notified a Republican bill aimed at speeding up the process of acceptance of Keystone XL could lead to its rejection.

In a statement, the State Department warned that any move members of Congress could turn against them. The State Department has authority over this project because the pipeline must cross an international border.

The statement said that if Congress imposes an arbitrary timetable for the issuance of a permit, it could prevent the administration of environmental laws surrounding the acceptance procedure.

In such cases, officials say that the Department would be unable to make a decision to issue a permit.

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