In lieu of TransCanada’s upcoming “maintenance” on its Keystone I pipeline, Bold Nebraska will hold informational meetings in the counties along the route.

Keystone I has only been in operation since 2010, and TransCanada announced in May that they plan to dig up and replace sections of its pipeline found to not meet federal strength standards so the company can begin pumping oil at higher pressure.

TransCanada is planning “maintenance” in Cedar, Platte, Stanton, and Colfax counties, replacing sections of the pipe ranging from nine to forty feet long.

Crystal Rhoades with the Nebraska Public Service Commission will be present at the meeting to help answer questions, as will Angela Pickett, CATS Manager, Central Region for the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

(We have also extended an invitation for a representative from the NDEQ to attend as well.)

Come to the meeting to learn more about how you can be involved in holding TransCanada accountable during their “maintenance.” We will have soil and water test kits available for citizens who would like to do independent soil and water testing when TransCanada is on your land digging up the pipeline for “routine maintenance.”

Tea & Treats will be served, with an optional herb walk following the meeting.