By Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald
LINCOLN — A University of Nebraska at Omaha professor testified Wednesday that land values and tax revenue would be hurt by construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Michael O’Hara, an economics professor, said rural land values along the pipeline route would fall by 15 percent because of the risks of oil spills, limitations on development and expensive studies that would be required to prove that the land hadn’t been contaminated. Read more here.
Photo by Brendan Sullivan / Omaha World-Herald. Michael O’Hara on the right. A court reporter is to his left.
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