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Central City residents meet to discuss pipeline
There are currently more than two million miles of oil pipelines in the United State. And TransCanada is trying to add an additional 1200 miles to that.
On Friday, the company submitted a new application to the US State Department for the new route for the Keystone XL pipeline. Residents in Merrick County would be affected by the route.
That's where News 5's Josh Egbert was Tuesday at an informational meeting.
The non-profit organization Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence sponsored the informational luncheon.
Their goal was to provide facts about the pipeline as well as answer questions from residents who would be directly affected by the new route.
Dozens of Merrick County residents showed up at the Lincoln Manor Steakhouse in downtown Central City Tuesday afternoon.
"See what it was rerouted and which changes they've made to the project," said Ralph.
The project is the Keystone XL Pipeline.
"Give them some facts about the project, the economic benefits, the safety involved in the project itself," said Barry Rubin, Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence.
The nonprofit Nebraskans For Jobs and Energy Independence, who support the pipeline, hosted the lunch. And, used the time to provide facts.
"Give them some information they can process and help make a decision for themselves and encourage them to participate in the department of envrionmental quality's process this and next week," Rubin said.
Also in attendance Tuesday was the first deputy administrator of the pipeline and hazardous materidal safety administration, who helped answer residence questions.
"What regulations are in place, what safety regulations and what environmental safeguards the federal and state government has with respect to regulating the pipeline," said Brigham McCown, United Transportation Advisors.
Along with providing facts about the proposed new route, which now sits just east of the sandhills, residents were able to ask questions to the organizations as well as a representative from TransCanada.
"How are you really going to do it and how much oil is going to be in that underground water."
"How long does it take to get somebody to repair it and how do they clean up the area."
That new route was announced in April. It runs 1,183 from Alberta Canada to Steele City, Nebraska.
TransCanada submitted its application for approval of the new route last week.
If approved, construction could begin sometime next year.
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