Cathie and Tom Genung, landowners on the proposed Keystone XL route (Photo: Mary Anne Andrei)

Friday, June 8, 2017

Gabby Brown,
Mark Hefflinger,

Experts Submit Testimony Confirming That Keystone XL Pipeline Would Be a Disaster for Nebraska
Testimony Highlights Threats to Water Resources, Endangered Species

O’Neill, NE — Expert witnesses filed testimony Wednesday with the Nebraska Public Service Commission detailing the threats the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would pose to Nebraska’s natural resources and why the pipeline is not in the public interest.

(View these experts’ testimony below, along with additional filings of evidence made by Bold Alliance and other intervenors with the Public Service Commission.) 

Thomas Hayes, a research ecologist with decades of experience assessing impacts on water resources, testified that, “TransCanada’s application is filled with discrepancies and inconsistencies that lead to the conclusion their application for the current route should be denied,” adding that the pipeline “will significantly damage the state’s natural resources.”

Hydrology expert Joseph Trungale testified that, “TransCanada’s application should be denied because it would result in irreversible and irretrievable commitments of land and natural resources and depletion of beneficial uses of natural resources.”

Paul Johnsgard, one of the world’s leading authorities on whooping cranes, highlighted the threat the pipeline would pose to endangered whooping cranes. Dr. Johnsgard stated that because the pipeline’s proposed route overlaps with the cranes’ migration route, it is likely that transmission lines for pump stations needed by the pipeline would kill whooping cranes. He testified that the loss of even a single whooping crane could threaten their continued existence as a species, and that the pipeline poses “an unacceptable risk to this iconic species.”

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“The expert testimony submitted today proves what we have known for years: that the Keystone XL pipeline would be a disaster for Nebraska’s environment,” said Sierra Club Nebraska Campaign Representative John Crabtree. “The risks TransCanada is asking Nebraskans to bear so that they can ship their dirty tar sands through America’s heartland for export are nothing short of unacceptable.”

To speak with any of these experts, contact Gabby Brown at

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Bold Alliance Notice of Submission of Evidence

Testimony of Thomas Hayes, Research Ecologist

Testimony of Joseph Trungale, Hydrology Expert

Testimony of Paul Johnsgard on Whooping Cranes