U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement regarding news that Governor Dave Heineman (R-Neb.) has approved the new route through Nebraska for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would also run through South Dakota. The Nebraska Governor's approval clears the way for the State Department and President Obama to approve the presidential permit required for the project.
"The ball is now squarely in the president's court," said Thune. "Now that TransCanada has worked with the state of Nebraska to reroute the pipeline around the Nebraska Sandhills, the president is running out of excuses for delaying this job-creating, domestic energy-producing project. It is time for the president to decide between job creation and energy production or political expediency. I call on the president to immediately lend his support to this bipartisan project so that we can begin investing in America's energy future."