FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2020
Bold Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb Statement on TC Energy Decision to Continue Keystone XL Activity During Coronavirus Pandemic
Hastings, NE — Bold Nebraska issued the following statement in response to TC Energy’s announcement to continue Keystone XL activity during the coronavirus public health pandemic:
“Our rural and Tribal communities are strained as it is for medical supplies and hospital beds amid a global pandemic. TC energy must put an end to all activity on Keystone XL in our small towns as the pandemic grows across our country,” said Jane Fleming Kleeb, Bold Nebraska founder.
“All these years TC Energy bragged about being a good neighbor and they are now putting lives at risk with this move. TC Energy never had the investment community’s backing to build this risky, unnecessary pipeline. And now that the Albertan government is bailing them out, they are moving forward. I am confident when a new Democratic President is in the White House, they will not allow construction to take place in America and will instead side with farmers, ranchers and Tribal Nations.
Legally, TC Energy is facing eminent domain lawsuits from landowners, and county boards have not granted permits in Nebraska, while nationally there are several lawsuits in federal court challenging the project’s permits and seeking a preliminary injunction on construction. So while they may have a green light to build in Alberta, they do not have all the permits and regulatory approvals necessary to move forward in America.”