Online Meeting: Draft Evaluation Report

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality made the Draft Evaluation Report available to the public on October 30, 2012. This report provides the state’s analysis, prepared by NDEQ and its contractor, HDR Engineering of Omaha, following the review of Keystone’s Supplemental Environmental Report, which was submitted September 5, 2012. By clicking on the photo to the right, you can view and download the Draft Evaluation Report, which has been broken down into chapters and subchapters for ease in downloading.

The Draft Evaluation Report provides findings to date regarding TransCanada’s submissions. Among the findings:
  • The Nebraska Reroute avoids the region that was identified as the Sand Hills by NDEQ, which is based on extensive research conducted by several state and federal agencies several years ago.

  • Keystone provided some route alternatives in the Supplemental Environmental Report which reduces the amount of fragile soils that are crossed in the northern portion of Nebraska.

  • The revised route also establishes greater distances from the sources of drinking water in the communities of Clarks and Western.

  • The report details environmental, economic, social and other impacts along the Nebraska Reroute.

Click here to view the Report

Click here to view Executive Summary
  • Numerous construction and operational mitigation measures would be incorporated to protect groundwater and surface water.

  • Keystone will pay for an independent public employee to act as a liaison to facilitate the exchange of information between Keystone and landowners, local communities, and residents.

  • Keystone will provide baseline water well testing for domestic and livestock water wells within 300 feet of the center line of the route.

  • Keystone will adhere to 57 special pipeline safety conditions that had been previously agreed upon with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (those conditions are included in Appendix F-2 of Nebraska’s draft report).

  • Keystone would be responsible for developing an Emergency Response Plan for a product release associated with the operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline and ancillary facilities.
  • Keystone has identified several variations of crude oil that would be transported at various times through the pipeline from Alberta, Canada and from the Bakken Formation in Montana and North Dakota. The report contains the general characteristics of the crude oil, which are similar to other crude oils from around the world.  In the event of a spill, the appropriate authorities would have immediate access to the product’s Material Safety Data Sheet.

  • In addition to complying with all relevant state and federal cleanup requirements, Keystone will provide evidence that it is carrying $200 million in third party liability insurance to cover cleanup costs for incidents in Nebraska.

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
1200 "N" Street, Suite 400
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
(402) 471-2186 FAX (402) 471-2909