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KXL pipeline faces final decision next week in Nebraska

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The Nebraska Public Service Commission is the last major regulatory hurdle pipeline developer TransCanada must overcome in its nine year quest to complete the US$8 billion pipeline.

Deb Collins, Public Information Co-ordinator for the commission, said a vote will be taken during the commission meeting, beginning at 10 .m in the commission’s hearing room.

The meeting will be livestreamed and shown on the commission’s Facebook page. The final order will be posted to the service commission’s website.

As the process is a legal proceeding and the potential for appeal exists, there will be no comment made by the commission with regard to decision, Collins said.

Several public hearings were held in the state at various locations, including Norfolk and O’Neill.

Approving the project would allow TransCanada to gain access to holdout landowners' property using Nebraska's eminent domain laws.

The pipeline would transport oilsands oil from Alberta through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines that feed Texas Gulf Coast refineries.

South Dakota and Montana regulators have already approved the project.

The Nebraska commission had been required to make a decision by 23 November and must decide whether the project serves the public's interests, based on evidence presented by lawyers and through public hearings earlier this year.

The elected commission is comprised of four Republicans and one Democrat.

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