Bold Nebraska fires back, accusing TransCanada of misrepresenting its protest against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Bold Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb objects to the accusations leveled against Bold Nebraska by TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard during Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
“He uses words like ridiculous or they use ‘misleading’ or they say things like that we’re saying things that are over the top, but they never really give us specifics,” Kleeb tells Drive Time Lincoln host Kevin Thomas.
Howard defended TransCanada for warning law enforcement that the tactics of opponents might well cross the line and that anti-terrorist laws could be used against the most extreme.
“The longer this goes on, the more ridiculous some of the claims from opponents of this project become,” Howard stated on the show.
Bold Nebraska, the most vocal opponent of Keystone XL in Nebraska, obtained TransCanada documents from the Nebraska State Patrol through a Freedom of Information Act request. Bold
Nebraska claims it was “alarmed” that TransCanada suggested law enforcement could use “anti-terrorism laws” against protestors during security briefings with the patrol and others.
Bold Nebraska characterizes its protests as peaceful and lawful, though Kleeb acknowledges the group would use civil disobedience.
Howard pointed to the protests being made along the southern route of Keystone XL, the route from Cushing, Oklahoma to oil refineries along the Gulf Coast in Texas. The so-called Tar Sands Blockade has used a few extreme measures to halt construction.
Kleeb rejects the methods employed by the Tar Sands Blockade.
“We do not ever, ever plan to be violent, at all,” Kleeb pledges. “Will we engage in civil disobedience? Yes. Meaning, will we lock arm as bulldozers try to come across our state line? Yes, because we feel that deeply.”
President Barack Obama has yet to make a decision on Keystone XL. TransCanada requires a presidential permit to cross the Canadian-United States border to construct the full, $7 billion, 1,700 miles Keystone XL pipeline.
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Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this report.
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