Block Revived Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Target: Scott Coburn, Director, Nebraska Public Service Commission

Goal: Ensure construction of the dangerous, polluting Keystone XL pipeline is not completed.

President Trump has granted approval for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The 1,179 mile pipeline will carry up to 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil from Canada through the United States each day. It had previously been rejected by the Obama Administration, which cited environmental concerns and worsening climate change through increased greenhouse gas emissions.

The Keystone XL pipeline would potentially endanger public safety due to its proximity to drinking water sources such as the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides water to over 2 million people. Tar sands oil, known as diluted bitumen, is significantly heavier than conventional oil and much more difficult to clean up in the event of a spill as it sinks to the bottom of a waterway. This was seen in the rupture of a similar pipeline in Michigan, where 1 million gallons of tar sands oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River. The environmental crisis caused evacuation of hundreds, took over two years to clean-up at a cost of $1 billion, and led to a $177 million settlement between the Environment Protection Agency and pipeline owner Enbridge Partners.

A diverse collection of groups including environmental organizations, landowners and Native Americans are united in their opposition to the pipeline. Many are focusing their attention on Nebraska, which has emerged as a primary battle ground for the project. Over 90 landowners have steadfastly refused to grant permission for the pipeline to be routed across their properties since the project was initiated in 2008. The company behind the pipeline proposal, TransCanada Corp, is attempting to gain an easement which would allow for construction without landowner approval, from the Nebraska Public Service Commission. Its decision may serve to either validate or call into question the long-term viability of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Please sign the below petition urging the commission to respect private land use rights, public safety and environmental concerns in their determination.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Coburn,

I am writing to urge that you and your colleagues on the Public Service Commission reject the easement request for finalization of the Keystone XL pipeline by TransCanada Corp. Its approval would violate private land use rights, contribute to climate change, and threaten vital drinking water sources such as the Ogallala aquifer.

You have the opportunity to send a clear message that large companies like TransCanada Corp can’t simply bully or spend states or landowners into submission. Please consider the long-term precedent an approval of this easement would establish for future large-scale energy projects.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Tony Webster

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One Comment

  1. TransCanada Corp should not be allowed to build this pipeline. It would be a serious violation of people’s land rights, and is a disaster waiting to happen.

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