Supporters and opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline project testified before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Commerce Committee on Thursday in Washington D.C.
Jane Kleeb, of the group Bold Nebraska — which opposes construction of the pipeline, said there are important lessons in what happened when the first Keystone pipeline was built across eastern Nebraska.
“As a state, when that pipeline was built, we did not see a huge economic boom and as a nation, we did not see a huge employment boom,” Kleeb says. “The $1.8-billion that TransCanada promises our counties must have been paid in Monopoly money, because in fact, when Keystone I was built, the counties that that pipeline crossed, their tax revenue went down.”
Kleeb says the pipeline is also not in the best interests of the country and the risk in Nebraska lies with those who own the land the pipeline will cross.
“TransCanada is asking landowners to take on a lifetime of risk, so we’re asking you to intervene” Kleeb says. “We want you to see their massive PR and lobby campaign and all of the millions of lobby dollars as it is and it’s simply a Hail Mary pass.”
The pipeline cannot proceed until it gets a presidential permit allowing it to cross the U.S.-Canadian border. It has been five years since the project first began.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton