September 30, 2014

Bold Nebraska says recent Keystone poll didn’t ask right question (AUDIO)

A spokeswoman for Bold Nebraska says a recent survey indicating support of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska failed to ask the right question.

Jane Kleeb with Bold Nebraska says Nebraskans might well support Keystone, if its route doesn’t endanger sensitive environmental areas of the state.

AUDIO: Jane Kleeb discusses public opinion poll on Keystone [:22]

“In any polling that we’ve done or in a recent poll that the University of Nebraska did, 65% of Nebraskans only support the pipeline if it avoids the Ogallala Aquifer and the Sand Hills and that’s essentially exactly what our poll found a year ago,” Kleeb tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate WNAX. “So, I think that the majority of Nebraskans do support it, but they absolutely want to see it re-routed around the Sand Hills and the aquifer.”

A public opinion poll conducted by the Omaha World-Herald indicates that slightly more than 60% of Nebraskans support TransCanada’s plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline to move crude oil from western Canada to the Gulf Coast. The company has applied for a presidential permit to build the $7 billion project that will construct a 1,700 miles pipeline.

Kleeb says the group is working with landowners who own property in the new route planned for the oil pipeline.

“There’s still a lot of grassroots opposition,” according to Kleeb.

By Jerry Oster, WNAX