A group adamantly opposed to the Keystone XL oil pipeline vows to raise up resistance against the project once again.
President Donald Trump has given TransCanada the green light to complete the project from western Canada to Nebraska.
BOLD Nebraska founder and president of BOLD Alliance, Jane Kleeb, points out TransCanada doesn’t have a permit to build in Nebraska.
“Nebraska is the only state now among the states that this pipeline could potentially threaten that has not given a state permit. In fact, the process has not even formally started,” Kleeb tells reporters on a conference call.
President Barack Obama denied TransCanada’s request for a permit to cross the border, citing environmental concerns.
TransCanada withdrew its application for a route through Nebraska after President Obama’s decision. It re-applied with the Nebraska Public Service Commission this year.
Kleeb vows to stop the pipeline once again.
“We will never allow an inch of this foreign steel pipeline carrying foreign tar sands that can pollute our water and take away property rights and threaten the treaty rights of the tribes here in Nebraska. We will not allow that to happen,” Kleeb says.
Keystone XL is an $8 billion project. TransCanada wants to connect the pipeline from western Canada to the pump station at Steele City, Nebraska where it can be connected to the southern portion of the pipeline, sending crude to oil refineries at the Gulf Coast.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, contributed to this article.