The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality announced July 16 that it has provided an initial feedback report to TransCanada Corp. concerning a possible new route for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, and has found that the route meets the state’s intention to avoid the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills region. The new route still crosses areas with similarly fragile, sandy soils as well as areas with thin unconfined aquifers; the state asks TransCanada to consider route variation to avoid these areas.