TransCanada Inc. Wednesday submitted its proposed new route Wednesday for the Keystone XL pipeline that would avoid Nebraska’s Sand Hills and run through Antelope County.
The company submitted the 51-page document to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
The preferred route would head southeast just north of the Niobrara River in Keya Paha County (near Mills), then run parallel to U.S. 20 about eight miles to the north of the highway.
From there, northeast of Neligh, Neb., the pipeline would turn south, following a path that parallels Nebraska Highway 14 (between Oakdale and Tilden) to near Central City, Neb., where it would rejoin the original Keystone XL route.
If approved, TransCanada has said it will begin to pinpoint an exact route and begin right-of-way acquisition discussions with landowners.
More on this developing story as it unfolds.