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Bold Nebraska gathers support
Fighting the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline
A Nebraska environmental advocacy group fights to stop a multi-million dollar proposed project. Bold Nebraska held a forum today, educating others on how to prevent the proposed Trans Canada Keystone XL Pipeline from crossing Nebraska.
The underground pipeline would transfer crude oil to Gulf Coast refineries from Canada. But Bold Nebraska fears the possibility of water contamination from oil leaks. Other concerns include environmental repercussions in the Sand Hills. Along with the effect on irrigation systems and crops.
Director Jane Kleeb also wants to see the state regulate oil pipelines.
Right now, she says that's not happening. During today's forum, she explained how people can take action against the proposed project... everything from contacting senators to holding community petition drives.
"This pipeline is risky. We don't know all the answers and we have to be asking more questions and just like Senator Johann's and Senator Nelson said we have to have more studies on how this pipeline will affect the sand hills before we move forward," director Jane Kleeb said.
110 people attended the forum. The pipeline is proposed to go through 254 miles of Nebraska and six other states. TransCanada says pipelines are the safest way to transport petroleum products. And that leaks are small and rare.
For information on Bold Nebraska, visit www.boldnebraska.org/.
For information on the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline, visit www.transcanada.com/keystone.html.
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