A group that has opposed and fought to keep TransCanada from routing the Keystone XL oil pipeline through Nebraska is reacting to Governor Dave Heineman’s letter to President Obama today saying he approved the amended route. Bold Nebraska Director Jane Kleeb says they were very surprised with Tuesday’s announcement.
Klieg stated they “thought Governor Heineman would actually stand by his word and deny the pipeline because the route crosses the aquifer.” She says that is what Governor Heineman asked the president to do in a letter he sent last year.
Kleeb went on to say that Governor Heineman turned his back on landowners who now face the threat eminent domain from TransCanada, the pipeline developer before they had a federal permit. She went on to say
Kleeb says there is a lawsuit pending that challenges the governor’s authority to site a pipeline in the state and she says a judge ruled with the citizens in the first step of that suit. She says they will continue with legal challenges and events planned protesting the pipeline.