Art Tanderup farms near Neligh on property in the pipeline’s proposed path. Tanderup says the report was written by bureaucrats far from Nebraska who don’t know the land or how it would be impacted.
Tanderup says, “They don’t come out here and walk the route, take a look at the flood plains that this would have to go through, take a look at the fields where you dig a post hole and you’re digging water all the way down.”
Written comments are being taken on the impact of the pipeline through the end of August and Tanderup says the project endangers the water supply as well as migratory birds.
“A lot of us are going to be writing comments about that and telling what a threat the chemicals in these tar sands would have once they’re unleashed,” Tanderup says.
He says one section of the pipeline would run parallel to the Elkhorn River in Antelope County.
“It’s in an area that, over the years, no farmers have built homesteads on that flood plain where the pipeline would go through,” Tanderup says. “Any leak or spill there would contaminate the river.”
The Elkhorn drains in to the Missouri River near Omaha and he says it would be very susceptible to any spills.
Tanderup is a plaintiff in the Nebraska lawsuit challenging the Keystone XL project. Oral arguments in the suit will come in October at the earliest and a decision isn’t expected for several more months.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton