|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
The Draft Evaluation Report provides findings to
date regarding TransCanada’s submissions. Among
- 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
- Keystone will provide baseline water well
testing for domestic and livestock water
wells within 300 feet of the center line of
- 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