Keystone XL Primer:
How Six States AreDealing with the Pipeline
Miles of Keystone XL*
377314283255(before Sandhillsreroute)210(part of the firstKeystonepipeline, alreadybuilt)156
Miles of existingcrude oilpipelines**
Estimatedannual propertytax revenuefrom KeystoneXL*
$24 million$15 million$63 million$22 million(before Sandhillsreroute)Zero, unlessTransCanadaloses its taxexemption.$14 million
None.South DakotaPublic UtilitiesCommissionMontana Dept. of EnvironmentalQualityNebraska Dept. of EnvironmentalQualityNone.OklahomaCorporationCommission
Does the stateagency have theauthority tochange thepipeline route?
No.The RailroadCommission of Texas regulatesintrastate pipelinesbut doesn'toversee interstatepipelines.No. Yes.DEQ used theFacility Siting Actto minimizeenvironmentalimpacts alongthe route.No.Recent legislationgave the Neb.Public ServiceCommissionauthority to sitefuture oilpipelines.DEQ and StateDept. willcollaborate to finda new KeystoneXL route throughNeb.No.KansasCorporationCommissionregulatesintrastatepipelines but hasno oversight of interstatepipelines.No.The commission'srole is limited toremediation afterpipeline spills.
None.PUC added 50conditions forlandowners,reclamation androad repair.DEQ will requirebonds forconstruction,reclamation etc.It's unclear if specialprotectionsoffered for theSandhills wouldapply to the newroute.None.None.
State lawsrelevant toKeystone XL
None.Three failedattempts to passa spill cleanupfund.GaveTransCanada aconstruction taxrefund: up tomore than $30million forKeystone and$10 million forKeystone XL.None.Two bills passedin special session:to rerouteKeystone XLaround theSandhills and tosite future oilpipelines.GaveTransCanada a10-year, 100%property taxexemption forthe firstKeystone. Newpump stations forKeystone XLwould alsoqualify, accordingto Kansas Dept.of Revenue. Thetax exemption isunder dispute incourt.None.