Johanns expresses support for new pipeline route

U.S. Senator Mike Johanns says he can now support the Keystone XL pipeline. Governor Heineman earlier this week approved a new route for the controversial oil pipeline which would avoid a fragile sandy area and most of a local aquifer.

Johanns says Heineman's decision and review of the new route by state environmental officials allows him to change his position on the pipeline moving through Nebraska. Johanns says he will do everything he can to get support for the pipeline from Congress, the State department, and President Obama.

Johanns told reporters during his weekly conference call the pipeline will provide jobs in Nebraska and other states and be a cooperative effort with friendly neighbor Canada toward energy security.

Canadian pipeline developer TransCanada has faced strong resistance in Nebraska from a coalition of landowners and environmental groups who claim the pipeline would contaminate the Ogallala aquifer, a massive groundwater supply.

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