Holt County supervisors unanimously approved a resolution this week opposing crude oil pipelines crossing their county. It’s the first county board in Nebraska to take such an action.
Board chairman Bill Tielke says the resolution refers to pipelines in general and not specifically to TransCanada’s latest project, the Keystone XL project.
Tielke says the measure is “for crude or tar sands pipeline, it never necessarily said Keystone or anything else, it just said to oppose tar sands or crude oil pipelines crossing Holt County.”
Tielke says his board’s primary worry with any pipeline is groundwater protection.
“We’re concerned about the water and so that was the reason the resolution was set,” Tielke says. “The other thing the resolution does, it lets the voters or constituents know how the board feels about a certain opinion.”
Tielke says supervisors heard about an hour’s worth of discussion from supporters and opponents of the Keystone project before issuing their decision.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton