A group opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline is very pleased with today’s pending decision by the State Department to reject the project, at least for the time being. Jane Kleeb has been keeping close tabs on the issue. She says TransCanada never said they were moving the pipeline out of the Ogallala Aquifer, only out of the Sand Hills so water in the state was still at risk.
Kleeb says Bold Nebraska isn’t against pipelines but using the U-S and fragile land in Nebraska to transport oil that is not intended for use in this country is not ok. She says the oil piped through Nebraska would end up at a refinery in Texas, and then it would be refined into diesel fuel and then shipped to Brazil, Latin America and Europe. She says our farmland and water were potentially at risk for a product not meant for use in this country.
The pipeline would have created thousands of jobs. Kleeb says jobs in Nebraska were saved. Jobs belonging to farmers and ranchers who for generations have owned the land.
It appears the Obama Administration is prepared to allow TransCanada to reapply for the permit once it settles on an alternative route in Nebraska.