The White House welcomed the company’s decision to move forward with the Gulf Coast part of the pipeline on Monday.
“As the president made clear in January,” it said, “we support the company’s interest in proceeding with this project, which will help address the bottleneck of oil in Cushing that has resulted in large part from increased domestic oil production, currently at an eight-year high.”
“We look forward to working with TransCanada to ensure that it is built in a safe, responsible and timely manner,” the statement added, “and we commit to take every step possible to expedite the necessary federal permits.”
TransCanada said it would reapply for a presidential permit for the cross-border part of the project and would slightly alter the pipeline’s route to avoid the most environmentally sensitive areas in Nebraska.
Russell K. Girling, president of TransCanada, said in a statement that the company was working with the State of Nebraska and other parties to resolve issues over the northern section of the pipeline.