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Route approved for controversial pipeline

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Another regulatory hurdle has been cleared for a controversial oil pipeline. (Source: KETV/CNN) Another regulatory hurdle has been cleared for a controversial oil pipeline. (Source: KETV/CNN)

LINCOLN, NE (KETV/CNN) - The governor of Nebraska approved a new route proposal Tuesday for the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing another regulatory hurdle for the controversial oil pipeline project from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Gov. Dave Heineman initially expressed apprehension over the pipeline's original route. The new route takes it around the environmentally sensitive sandhills.

In a letter to President Obama, Heineman said that the pipeline would bring the state $418 million in economic construction benefits, $11 to 13 million in local tax revenue and $16.5 million in use taxes.

Heineman also explained that TransCanada would take full responsibility for a leak, as 'localized' as those leaks would be.

University of Nebraska professor Dr. John Stansbury says he's not anti-pipeline, but says he's opposed to the assessment process thus far.

He also remains concerned about the possibility of a major pipeline leak.

"But in my opinion, there has still not been an appropriate, adequate study of the potential risks and the negative impacts from the project," he said.

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