Exclusive: U.S. estimates 75-250 miles Keystone route may change

WASHINGTON Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:26pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials said on Thursday U.S. domestic politics played no role in their decision to study an alternate route for TransCanada Corp's proposed Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition they not be identified, said they estimated that the portion of the route that might have to be changed to avoid environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska ranged from about 75 to 250 miles.