November 29, 2014

Got opinions on the Keystone XL pipeline? Speak out today in Albion

The state will hold a public hearing and information session today in Albion on the proposed route of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Jim Bunstock, a spokesman for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, says there are a couple of parts to the hearing.

The first part will start at 3 PM and it’ll be a public information session. Maps of the route will be available and staff will be there to discuss the project.

At 6 PM, the formal public hearing will begin. Bunstock says that hearing will be open to anyone.

There will be a sign-up process and speakers will be taken in the order they sign up with a maximum time allowed per person of five minutes.

Bunstock says they are not going to engage in discussion on the pipeline process.

There will be no cross examination, he says, the DEQ just wants to hear from people for input in its final report.

The information session will be from 3 to 5:30 PM at the Casey’s Building at the Boone County Fairgrounds, with the hearing beginning at 6 PM at the Events Center on the fairgrounds.

Bunstock says the report should be complete and delivered to the governor by the end of the year.

By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton