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Tuesday hearing on new Neb. pipeline route planned

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ALBION, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraskans have another chance to let state regulators
know at a public hearing what they think of a new oil pipeline route a Canadian
company proposed.
   The Keystone XL pipeline TransCanada wants to build to carry crude oil to
Gulf Coast refineries has proven controversial, and environmentalists say the
project could contaminate groundwater reserves.
   But the project has strong support from labor unions that say the pipeline
will create thousands of jobs and from the oil industry that says the pipeline
will help satisfy oil demand.
   So Nebraska environmental regulators should expect a large crowd at Tuesday
evening's hearing in Albion.
   Regulators issued a draft 600-page report on the pipeline's proposed route in
 October. Once regulators finish their review, Gov. Dave Heineman will decide
whether to recommend the project.
   AP-WF-12-04-12 1008GMT

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