Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline will get a boost from Neil Young and Willie Nelson.
The two singer-songwriters will perform a benefit concert on a farm in Neligh, Nebraska, on the route of the proposed oil pipeline.
Bold Nebraska dubs the event as the “Harvest the Hope” concert. Proceeds will go to the Bold Nebraska, Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance. It will be used to raise opposition to TransCanada’s proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline as well as to fund some small clean energy projects.
The concert is scheduled for Saturday, September 27th, at the farm of Art and Helen Tanderup, near Neligh.
“Our family has worked this land for over 100 years. We will not allow TransCanada to come in here and destroy our land and water for their profit,” said Nebraska farmer Art Tanderup in a written statement released by Bold Nebraska. “The Heartland is more than a place, it’s our home. We hope Americans from across the country join us to Harvest the Hope and stop the Keystone XL pipeline.”
Bold Nebraska is working with other environmental groups to convince President Barack Obama to deny TransCanada a presidential permit to build the pipeline from western Canada to Nebraska.
Bold Nebraska also will use the event to promote its “Get Out the Vote” effort.
Neil Young and Willie Nelson are known for working with John Mellencamp to create Farm Aid, which raises money for family farmers.
Tickets for the benefit concert go on sale tomorrow, August 20th, online via BoldNebraska.org. The “Harvest the Hope” concert is being produced locally by 1% Productions in partnership with Bold Nebraska.