LINCOLN (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says the entire Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast should be approved quickly, not just the southern section.
Heineman reiterated his support for the entire TransCanada pipeline after President Barack Obama said last week he would urge fast approval of the section between Oklahoma and Texas.
Heineman's spokeswoman Jen Rae Hein says the governor believes approving the entire pipeline would create jobs and reduce America's dependence on Middle Eastern oil.
Obama rejected the overall pipeline in January because a Congressional deadline for its approval didn't allow enough time for a new route through Nebraska to be developed and evaluated.
TransCanada agreed to change the route through Nebraska after concerns were raised about the economically fragile Sandhills region and the Ogallala aquifer.