While President Trump just rubber-stamped his approval of a federal permit for TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline — he doesn’t get the final word on KXL — Nebraska does.
TransCanada still needs a permit for a route through Nebraska, and has filed with the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC), which just launched an 8-12 month review of Keystone XL that will include public hearings slated for April-June (details to come).
But the PSC has already begun accepting written comments from the public that must be considered during their review of the pipeline.
(We provide a sample comment that you may edit, or replace with your own words.)
- Explain why you are against the Keystone XL pipeline.
- Urge the PSC to reject TransCanada’s permit application.
- As an agriculture-based state, Nebraska does not need to take more agricultural land out of production using eminent domain for private gain to benefit a foreign export pipeline.
- Any pipeline route should avoid the sandy porous soils of the Sandhills, shallow water tables, and recharge part of the Ogallala aquifer, as well as endangered species habitats of the Burying Beetle, and migratory paths of the Bald Eagle, and the Sandhill and Whooping cranes.
- We urge the PSC to consider the scientific, peer-reviewed Univ. of Nebraska at Lincoln’s report on risks of a worst-case spill to our water supplies, as well as the US Coast Guard and National Academy of Science’s report on the risks of tarsands’ spills to water.
This Keystone XL review by the Public Service Commission is the last chance for citizens to speak out with their concerns about this foreign pipeline that is abusing eminent domain for private gain, trampling Native sovereign rights, and threatening our land, water and climate.
Make your voice heard and stand with the landowners, Tribal Nations, farmers, ranchers, and everyday citizens who care about our land and water.
Thanks for taking action.