Keystone XL developer seeks route approval in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nearly three years after Nebraska’s governor approved a route for the Keystone XL pipeline, the project developer is once again seeking state authorization for the same proposed path.

TransCanada filed an application Monday with the Nebraska Public Service Commission, taking a new approach in a state where opponents have repeatedly thwarted efforts to complete the Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline.

Former Gov. Dave Heineman approved the project route in January 2013, but opponents sued to overturn the pipeline-siting law that allowed him to do so. Their lawsuit and company efforts to use eminent domain have mired the project in the courts.

TransCanada spokesman Mark Cooper says the Canadian company is applying through the commission because it now provides the clearest path for the project. Opponents say the project could still face delays.

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