LINCOLN — State officials announced four public information sessions Thursday concerning the proposed new route of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Mike Linder, director of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, said the sessions will offer people a chance to look at detailed maps of the route, talk with staff about the state review process and learn how to submit comments.
He said TransCanada has been invited to attend and respond to questions from the public.
The four meetings will be held along the proposed pipeline route. Dates and locations are:
» May 9, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., O'Neill Community Center, 501 S. Fourth St., O'Neill.
» May 10, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Neligh-Oakdale High School Gym, 600 J St., Neligh.
» May 16, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Boone County Fairgrounds, 11th Street and Fairview Avenue, Albion.
» May 17, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Central City Community Room, 1515 17th St., Central City.
Following the meetings, Linder said, state environmental officials and the state contractor, HDR Engineering, will continue to review the initial proposal and talk with TransCanada officials.
TransCanada then is expected to submit a more refined route plan for the state's evaluation, he said.
Linder said that during this review, the U.S. State Department will develop a draft evaluation report which will be made available to the public. When the draft evaluation is completed, the agency will announce a public hearing on Nebraska's review.
Public comments are invited now through the conclusion of the public hearing, and those comments will be considered as the state develops a final report to submit to the governor.
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