I realize this was largely a political decision to move it past the election, but if there's a better/safer route, I'm okay with that.
It's unfortunate the Canadian companies involved didn't anticipate the opposition and figure out some alternatives a long time ago. So they have to shoulder some of the blame as well. I am continually amazed at companies (particularly energy ones) that are so greedy that they want the absolute best deal for themselves such that they end up blowing really good profits sooner in the name of "the best" profits or none at all.
Now if the "powers that be," both state and federally could expedite whatever it takes to get to the new route, I'd also be for that.