The permit application process at the Public Service Commission typically takes from eight months to a year, and includes public hearings, and opportunities for public comment and for citizens to apply as official “intervenors” on TransCanada’s permitting process. The PSC has already begun accepting written comments on KXL.
- (We provide a sample comment that you may edit, or replace with your own words.)
- Explain why you are against the Keystone XL pipeline.
- Urge the PSC to reject TransCanada’s permit application because the pipeline is not in the public interest of Nebraska or its citizens.
- As an agriculture-based state, Nebraska does not need to take more agricultural land out of production using eminent domain for private gain to benefit a foreign company’s export pipeline.
- Any pipeline route should avoid the sandy porous soils of the Sandhills, shallow water tables, and recharge part of the Ogallala aquifer, as well as endangered species habitats of the Burying Beetle, and migratory paths of the Bald Eagle, and the Sandhill and Whooping cranes.
- We urge the PSC to consider the scientific, peer-reviewed Univ. of Nebraska at Lincoln’s report on risks of a worst-case spill to our water supplies , as well as the US Coast Guard and National Academy of Science’s report on the risks of tarsands’ spills to water.
- A fact sheet to inspire your comment with more background on why KXL is all risk and no reward may be found here: https://boldnebraska.org/kxlfacts