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Keystone XL decision date set

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LINCOLN, Neb (FOX 42 KPTM)-- The Nebraska Public Service Commission is ready to send down an order on the contentious TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline.

The commission plans to vote on the Order next Monday, November 20th at 10 a.m.

It will decide whether to allow construction of the pipeline through Nebraska.

The commission held several days worth of public hearings back in August.

In March, President Donald Trump announced he had reversed an order to block the pipeline's construction.

That approval follows years of intense debate over the pipeline amid hefty opposition from environmental groups, who argued that the pipeline supports the extraction of crude oil from oil sands, which pumps about 17% more greenhouse gases than standard crude oil extraction. Environmentalists also opposed the pipeline because it would cut across the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the world's largest underground deposits of fresh water.

The hearing on Monday is the last hurdle needed to get the pipeline built.

If it does get built, it would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast in the U.S.


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