Author: Mark Hefflinger

In Historic First, Nebraska Farmer Returns Land to Ponca Tribe Along “Trail of Tears”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 11, 2018 Contact: Mark Hefflinger, Bold Nebraska, mark@boldnebraska.org Larry Wright, Jr., Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, 402-540-7122, ldwrightjr@gmail.com In Historic First, Nebraska Farmer Returns Land to Ponca Tribe Along “Trail of Tears” June 10 ceremony near Neligh, NE included Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Chairman Larry Wright Jr., Nebraska landowner Art Tanderup, Ponca Nation of Oklahoma […]
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Candidate for Nebraska Public Service Commission Dan Watermeier Accepts Keystone XL Cash

“I don’t think it’s a big deal.” —Dan Watermeier, on accepting campaign contributions from TransCanada, backer of proposed Keystone XL pipeline project that may come back up for a vote before the Public Service Commission (Associated Press, May 29, 2018) Dan Watermeier, the former state legislator and now Republican candidate for Nebraska Public Service Commission, […]
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Landowners, Tribes, PSC File Appellee Briefs in Keystone XL Route Challenge at Nebraska Supreme Court

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and Yankton Sioux Tribe, along with intervenors including Sierra Club, and the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s (PSC) attorney have submitted appellee briefs in the appeal before the Nebraska Supreme Court of the PSC’s approval of a “Mainline Alternative” route for TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. All of the new briefs […]
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Groups Challenge Trump Administration’s Rubber-stamping of Keystone XL Permit

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2018 Contact: NRDC: Jake Thompson, (202) 289-2387, jthompson@nrdc.org Bold Alliance: Mark Hefflinger, mark@boldalliance.org Sierra Club: Gabby Brown, (202) 495-3051, gabby.brown@sierraclub.org Center for Biological Diversity: Jared Margolis, (802) 310-4054, jmargolis@biologicaldiversity.org Friends of the Earth: Patrick Davis, (202) 222-0744, pdavis@foe.org Northern Plains Resource Council: Dustin Odgin, (406) 228-1154, dustin@northernplains.org   Groups Challenge […]
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Union Pacific Execs Discussed Deregulatory Wishlist in Closed-Door Meeting with EPA’s Pruitt

Internal EPA records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the Sierra Club have revealed that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met in secret with Union Pacific executives in Omaha during his October 2017 trip to Nebraska, to discuss the company’s deregulatory wishlist. The email exchange between U.P. and EPA officials lists the attendees of […]
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June 10: 5th Annual Sacred Ponca Corn Planting

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DATE CHANGE: (Due to a scheduling conflict, the corn planting has been postponed from May 19th to Sunday, June 10th.) Join Bold Nebraska, the Ponca Tribe and landowners Art and Helen Tanderup to once again plant sacred Ponca corn on their farm in Neligh, NE that crosses both the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline, […]
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Groups Petition Court to Vacate Trump Administration Rubber-stamp Approval of Keystone XL

Plaintiffs (including Bold Alliance) on Friday asked a federal judge for a summary judgment vacating the approval of the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline, in their lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s rubber-stamp of a cross-border permit for the proposed pipeline. The Trump administration “has provided no convincing explanation for the State Department’s failure to justify its […]
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Pipeline Fighter & Farmer Art Tanderup Honored With Earth Day Lifetime Achievement Award

Art Tanderup — a Nebraska farmer and retired teacher and union rep. — as well as Pipeline Fighter, Water Protector, Ponca corn-planter, solar booster, tractor–crop–artist, Washington Monument reflecting pool-wader, and host of the famous “Harvest the Hope” #NoKXL benefit concert with Neil Young and Willie Nelson — was honored at this year’s Earth Day Omaha […]
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Landowners Argue PSC Approval of Keystone XL Invalid in Supreme Court Filing

The Nebraska landowners challenging the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) approval of the “Mainline Alternative Route” for TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline this week submitted their opening brief with the Nebraska Supreme Court (embedded below) — arguing that the PSC erred in approving a route for which TransCanada did not actually file an application, and which […]
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