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Pipeline Protestors headed to Washington D.C.
Central Nebraskans take their concerns about a proposed pipeline to Washington D.C. On August 22 and September 3rd, twelve central Nebraskans will travel to the White House to protest plans involving TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline.
The proposed pipeline would travel 1700 miles through six states including Nebraska. It would help transport crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries, but some fear the possibility of oil spills and damage to the Ogallala Aquifer and Sand Hills. That includes Tom Gnung. The pipeline would be travel through his mother in law's property near Atkinson.
While he's not a protester, Gnung says he strongly opposes the pipeline. And he's willing to travel to D.C. to make his voice heard.
"As a conservationist headed to Washington DC I guess I'm saying there are certain things we need to pay attention to and this is a critical issue that impacts more than Nebraska," Gnung said.
TransCanada spokesman, Jeff Rauh, says the pipeline would be safe. "Keystone has agreed to comply to an additional fifty seven safety requirements that help put the safety of this pipeline above any other domestic crude oil pipeline built to standard regulations," said Rauh. He also says the pipeline would make the U.S. less dependent on foreign oil and generate job growth.
All together more than 1800 people from across the nation are expected to protest in Washington D.C. Protests will take place from August 20th to September 3rd.
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