BOLD founder Jane Kleeb says the group plans to place solar panels directly in the way of the pipeline’s proposed route.
Kleeb says, “because if the Public Service Commission approves the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada will literally have to tear down clean energy in order to put their dirty energy into the ground.”
BOLD Nebraska’s issues with the pipeline expand beyond environmental issues. Kleeb says they’re also concerned about the use of eminent domain.
“This would be the first time the state of Nebraska grants eminent domain for private gain to a foreign-owned corporation,” Kleeb says. “That is a very scary prospect and it’s something farmers and ranchers will continue to fight on.”
“On day one, eight years ago, when TransCanada started knocking on the doors of landowners, they already on day one used the threat of eminent domain on farmers and ranchers,” Kleeb says. “That’s how they got so many people to sign early on because there wasn’t a lot of education out there about the process.”
The PSC hearings are scheduled for August 7th through the 11th.
Thanks to William Padmore, KLIN, Lincoln