If regulators and the courts approve the path of the Keystone XL oil pipeline through Nebraska, opponents vow to engage in civil disobedience to block its construction.
Bold Nebraska founder Jane Kleeb is adamant.
“We are not going to let an inch of foreign steel to touch Nebraska soil,” Kleeb told reporters to the approving shouts of landowners opposed to Keystone XL.
Kleeb, also chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party, took the stance during an interview with reporters after the Nebraska Public Service Commission held four days of formal hearings on TransCanada’s application for a route through Nebraska.
While TransCanada has secured a presidential permit to complete the $8 billion project, it lacks an approved route through Nebraska.
It has presented its case for its preferred route during four days of formal, evidentiary hearings before the PSC at the Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in downtown Lincoln.
Kleeb says even if the Nebraska Public Service Commission approves TransCanada’s route and the courts uphold it, that won’t end it. Opponents will literally stand in the way of its construction.
“We are now a family,” Kleeb said, growing emotional, “and we’re not going to let a foreign corporation who only cares about their bottom line break this family apart.”
Kleeb vowed that the protest against Keystone XL would make the months-long protests against the Dakota Access pipeline by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota look like a dress rehearsal.
The PSC has until late November to issue a ruling.
Click here for the PSC Keystone XL website.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]