Bold Nebraska urges our readers to email David Witty, the Manager of Husker marketing, and ask him to never allow a multi-national company to get on our airwaves and lie to Nebraskans again.
“The Keystone Pipeline: Good for Nebraska, Good for America.”
What the ads should have said was,
“The Keystone Pipeline: takes jobs away from Nebraskans and ships oil produced in the United States to China.”
90% of the pipeline construction jobs from TransCanada go to out-of-state workers. Nebraskans only get 10% of the short-term, low-paying jobs.
Oil that TransCanada pumps through our land and water is not even for the United States. The oil is sold on the international market to the highest bidder. Recent reports document China securing contracts for the TransCanada oil.
Additionally, questions from elected leaders, landowners and advocacy groups about the safety of the steel TransCanada used for their first pipeline — called Keystone I which is already in the ground in our state — are constantly being raised.
Just this past week, TransCanada’s pipeline Keystone I (which has only been in operation for about a month) was shut down for “unscheduled maintenance.” Whenever a pipeline is shut down for unscheduled maintenance it could mean two things:
1) TransCanada knows they have a problem with their steel and is checking the pump station fittings because of the leaks in South Dakota.
2) PHMSA forced TransCanada to perform a high resolution “inline deformation” testing to check for weak steel since reports from advocacy group Plains Justice say that TransCanada used faulty steel from India.
Email David Witty, the Manager of the Husker broadcasts and ads. Ask him to never allow a multi-national company, like TransCanada, to get on our airwaves and lie to Nebraskans again. Tell David Witty we care about our Huskers just as much as we care about our land, water and economic activity. We cannot afford another TransCanada Keystone pipeline in our state.
Pictures from Sierra Club of land in Canada before and after the TransCanada tarsands oil extraction process, and a duck caught in the sludge that is a byproduct of tarsands oil.