Premier Jim Prentice issued the following statement after the Nebraska Supreme Court upheld a state law granting the governor the authority to approve the Keystone XL route through the state:
“Today’s ruling in Nebraska clears the path for approving the Keystone XL pipeline.
“This ruling clarifies the regulatory process in Nebraska allowing the State Department to proceed with the Presidential Permit for the cross-border portion of the pipeline based on its own findings. The facts support the approval of this important project.
“The rigorous studies of the project, including the State Department’s thorough environmental analysis, have recognized Alberta’s progressive environmental initiatives and the numerous benefits of the pipeline.
“Keystone XL supports North American prosperity and economic growth and offers Americans energy security and jobs from a friend and ally committed to responsible resource development.
“I will be traveling to the U.S. the first week of February to discuss Alberta’s commitment to the environment and what safe pipelines and job creation can mean on both sides of the border.
“I look forward to working with incoming Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, with whom I have spoken, who is a supporter of the Keystone project.”