The controversial Keystone XL Pipeline has new life. President Obama denied the permit for the project on January 18th, but Monday the company behind the pipeline announced they will reapply.
Transcanada sent a letter to the state department letting them know their new application would be coming soon. That application would include an alternative route in Nebraska chosen by the company and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
Transcanada also announced they will go forward with a portion of the line from Cushing Oklahoma to the Gulf that doesn't need State Department permission.
Transcanada's President and CEO, Russ Girling said the application would include the original environmental review from Montana and South Dakota which he called the most extensive ever created. He also said based on that work he expects the permit to be processed quickly and a decision to be made as soon as the new route in Nebraska is determined.
Girling said Transcanada will also continue working with Nebraska to find that alternative route. Company officials also said they think President Obama supports the pipeline based on his statements that his denial had nothing to do with the merits of the project.