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Final day for Nebraska residents to voice concerns about the XL-Pipeline
One last chance to express their opinion. Hundreds gathered in Albion for the final hearing regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline Tuesday night.
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality has been taking public comment since May, but that period ends at midnight.
"You ain't even out of the Sandhills, you ain't out of the Sandhills you're in the Sandhills," said Clay Knox, Opposes Pipeline.
Residents along the proposed route for the Kystone XL Pipeline expressing their views.
One final time.
"This will be the last opportunity for public comment, actually just through tonight, and then we'll close the comment period at the end of the hearing tonight," said Mike Linder, Director, NDEQ.
The hearing comes about a month after the NDEQ released it's Draft Evaluation Report for the proposed pipeline route.
"Back in May we heard concerns about certain parts of the route and we shared some of the similar concerns and provided that feedback to the company and they did adjust the route in some areas
But some resident still don't agree with that new route," said Linder.
"You're gonna have leaks and that will spoil the water and we won't have no water to drink," said Knox.
"That's very special to our livelihood, our drinking water, our crops and everything, i just think it needs to be rerouted further away from the aquifer," said Evadine Betcher, Opposes Pipeline.
Mike-"I think if some reviews our report, they'll see we've dealt with every question that's come before us," said Linder.
Before the hearing, both supporters and opponents of the pipeline gathered outside the Event Center at the Boone County Fairgrounds to rally for what they believe in.
During the hearing, the NDEQ heard from groups who spoke about the economic impact of the pipeline.
"Building the Keystone XL Pipeline would mean thousands of new jobs, right here in Nebraska," said Brad Stevens, Americans for Prosperity.
And from those who still worry about its possible affects.
Laura-"It's still in sandy soil, it's still across the aquifer, it's still wrong for Nebraska," said Laura Musch, Bold Nebraska.
The NDEQ says they've taken all written and oral comments into consideration for their report and will do that same when they finalize that report for the governor.
"I think we've done a good job of analyzing all of the impacts that would flow from this pipeline," said Linder
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