The Nebraska Public Service Commission today rejected TransCanada's preferred route for the Keystone XL pipeline in a vote five to zero.
Instead, they granted a conditional approval along a different, new route the company had previously claimed would be unworkable. As reported by the Sierra Club, it would allow the pipeline to be partly built along an existing Keystone 1 route, rather than entirely along its preferred route.
The approved route still crosses the Ogallala aquifer and Treaty lands.
This raises new questions and hurdles for the fraught project. For example, there are landowners along the new route that have yet to be approached or consulted about the the project. This creates new opportunities for further challenging the project, including through legal means.