Starting today, the Nebraska Public Service Commission will hear arguments for and against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. They will either approve or deny the route through the state that already has federal approval. The Norfolk Chamber of Commerce is taking a neutral position on the project but worked with TransCanada in the past. President and CEO Mark Zimmerer says the community’s economy boomed.
Zimmerer says, “We recruited TransCanada to come to Norfolk and use us as their base camp in 2009 and we talked about the positive economic impact it had. Having hundreds of families in our town, shopping in our stores and buying our goods. It was very positive.”
Zimmerer is basing this information on store owners who reported their experiences to the Chamber of Commerce. He says back in 2009 the economic conditions in the U.S. were not good and the pipeline project helped them weather the situation well. That had to do with the TransCanada employees that were working in Norfolk. He says they were a great corporate citizen while in town.
The Public Service Commission should release their decision by November.