A battle will be resumed against plans to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline through Nebraska.
Bold Nebraska, which has expanded to become Bold Alliance, vows to fight TransCanada’s application for a permit before the Nebraska Public Service Commission.
Jane Kleeb with the group argues TransCanada cannot be granted a new route to build Keystone XL, but must follow the old route used to build the existing Keystone pipeline.
“The Public Service Commission’s rules make it clear that if there is an existing utility corridor, which there already is in our state with Keystone one, that the pipeline should be following that route,” Kleeb tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “We, obviously, will be making the case that the PSC should not approve the pipeline at all, because of the risk to water and property rights. But, we do know there is already an existing corridor so they should go there.”
Kleeb appears optimistic as the group engages in its battle against TransCanada once again.
“You know, even with President Obama was in office, everybody counted us out, right? Nobody thought that a group of farmers, ranchers, and Native Americans would be able to stop the pipeline,” according to Kleeb. “We did. We’ve done it twice. We’ve stopped Keystone XL twice. So, we’re ready to stop it for the third time.”
Kleeb has an ominous warning for the Nebraska Public Service Commission.
“If we allow TransCanada to use eminent domain against American farmers, the next country that will come in will be Russia and China to take private land for their foreign interest gain and we should put a stop to it by saying ‘No’ to Keystone XL.”
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.