President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to advance the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access oil pipelines.
Jane Kleeb is the president of Bold Alliance who has been fighting the construction of the pipeline through Nebraska for many years. Kleeb says they knew that this was coming and reassures those concerned that nothing will happen immediately.
She says eminent domain cannot be used until September of 2017 and that is only if farmers and ranchers do not fight them in court – which they will. That pushes the timeline back until sometime in 2018 or until the case is sorted out.
Kleeb says, “Trump did say on the campaign trail that he would not approve Keystone XL unless quote – ‘America got a better deal’ and he specifically said the USA should get at least 25% of the profits. If he is quote “approving” unquote because he just can’t approve it, Keystone today through an executive order I assume he cut a deal with the foreign interests that are funding Keystone XL.”
Kleeb claims the pipeline’s majority owner is China, though TransCanada is a Canadian firm.
Kleeb believes she is on very firm ground with all Nebraskans who don’t want to see a pipeline risking the Ogallala Aquifer and tearing through the Sandhills. She says Bold Nebraska and the Bold Alliance will join with other Nebraskans, farmers, ranchers and a few celebrities who want to protect the land.