Director Jane Kleeb says they’re now surveying members to find out what direction they want the group to go in their opposition to the pipeline.
“We don’t have the final rejection yet although we are hoping it’s going to be coming in the next couple of months,” Kleeb says. “We really are curious to hear from our members what folks want us to be working on next.”
Kleeb says the main focus continues to be supporting farmers and ranchers and they want to find out if they should expand their reach into other issues beyond clean energy and the environment, things that might include immigration and same-sex marriage. She says the initial response to the survey has been good.
Kleeb says, “Within the first 24 hours, we had over 500 surveys already completed which was just amazing and a testament to the broad reach and the relationship BOLD Nebraska has with our supporters.”
TransCanada proposed building the $8-billion pipeline to carry up to 800,000 barrels of oil produced from the oil sands of Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast in Texas.
The southern portion of Keystone XL, from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast is already operating. The northern portion would connect Keystone XL with the existing Keystone pipeline that runs from Steele City, Nebraska, to Cushing.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton