Author: Mark Hefflinger

New Report Documents Possible Anomalies, Construction Problems on Southern Leg of KXL

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A new Public Citizen report (embedded below) documents construction problems and more than 125 excavations of possible anomalies and engineering code violations along the Texas portion of the pipeline that, if unaddressed, pose a heightened risk of spills of highly toxic tar sands. Click here to view photos documenting the possible pipe anomalies and construction […]
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Feb. 8: Omaha Pipeline Fighter Meetup and New Energy Voter 2014 Update

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**Please note updated date/time** Join Bold Nebraska and the KANEKO community for a Keystone XL Pipeline Fighter meetup on Saturday, Feb. 8 (1-3 p.m.) at KANEKO in Omaha. We’ll provide an update on the U.S. State Department’s review of TransCanada’s pipeline permit application, as well as an overview of the state of Nebraska’s public power […]
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Feb. 8: Lincoln Pipeline Fighter Meetup and New Energy Voter 2014 Update

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**Please note updated date/time** Join Bold Nebraska and The Social Justice Network of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln for a Keystone XL Pipeline Fighter meetup on Saturday, Feb. 8 (1-3 p.m.) at the Unitarian Chuch of Lincoln. We’ll provide an update on the U.S. State Department’s review of TransCanada’s pipeline permit application, as well as […]
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Sen. Markey Presses TransCanada to Bar Exports of KXL Oil, Refined Products

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In a letter sent to TransCanada’s Russell Girling on the day that his company announced a 30 percent increase in profits, Senator Markey asks Mr. Girling to clarify his comments toPolitico last week that “not a drop of this crude oil is going to leave this continent that’s moving through our pipeline.”   Sen. Markey Presses […]
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Nov. 7: Prayer Vigil for New Immigration Law at Lee Terry’s Office

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On Thursday, Nov. 7, our friends at Nebraska Appleseed are organizing a prayer vigil for immigration reform outside Congressman Lee Terry’s Omaha office. A host of Omaha faith leaders will lead supporters and stakeholders in prayer, highlighting the moral and practical urgency for the House to take action on immigration this year. (Cross-posted from Nebraska Appleseed, […]
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ALEC vs. Clean Energy

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  Released on Nov. 1, 2013 by ProgressNow and partners including The Sierra Club, Greenpeace and the Center for Media and Democracy, this report seeks to analyze the effect of ALEC’s energy policies in selected states and to shed light on the conflicts of interest, coordinated efforts, and simply bad policy ALEC disseminates.   ALEC […]
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Groups Urge State Dept. Inspector General to Probe Contractor ERM

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  Keystone XL: Groups seek answers in State Dept. Keystone XL conflict of interest investigation Is State looking at firm’s lies on ties to TransCanada & Big Oil? WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pressing for answers to the conflict of interest scandal tainting a key review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, environmental and public interest groups are seeking […]
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Rachel Maddow Interviews NE Sen. Ken Haar on Climate Deniers

Rachel Maddow had Nebraska state Sen. Ken Haar on her show on Tuesday, Oct. 29, to talk about how a committee appointed by Republican Gov. Dave Heinemant hijacked his bill in the Nebraska Legislature that tasked the state’s scientists with studying the effects of climate change in Nebraska, by prohibiting any mention of human impact. […]
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Rachel Maddow Discusses North Dakota Oil Spill

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On Friday, Rachel Maddow reported on the 20,000+ barrel Tesoro oil pipline spill near Tioga, North Dakota, and the controversial delay in response time (11 days) before the public was notified. Kris Roberts, who is leading the North Dakota Health Department’s work with Tesoro on the cleanup, said the state saw no need to publicize the […]
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