December 19, 2014

TransCanada seeks permit for Keystone XL, Critics speak out

TransCanada today submitted a new application for a permit for the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline.

While TransCanada says the new route avoids the environmentally sensitive areas of the Sand Hills, Bold Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb is skeptical.

“This pipeline not only crosses the Sand Hills, but the Ogalala Aquifer,” Kleeb says. “It’s the largest source of fresh water… not only in the United States, but around the world as well.”

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz with the Natural Resources Defense Council accuses Transcanada of rushing a new application and not doing a new environmental review. She says it is critical that there is a new environmental review completed.

Kleeb says citizens continued to raise concerns about the new route during a meeting in Neligh, Nebraska last night.

Kleeb says property owners feel like their rights are being discounted in favor of the $7-billion, 1,700 mile-long pipeline.