Third Nebraska Family Installs Solar in the Path of Keystone XL Pipeline in “Solar XL” Project

By Mark Hefflinger, Communications Director, Bold Nebraska

The coalition behind the Solar XL campaign includes the Indigenous Environmental Network, Native Organizers Alliance, Brave Heart Society, Dakota Rural Action, Bold Nebraska, and 350.org. The panels were installed by the family-owned rural solar business, North Star Solar Bears, run by Jim Knopik.

“The need for the KXL pipeline product is non-existent in the United States,” said Nebraska landowner Bob Allpress. “The monetary benefit to the peoples of Nebraska will be gone in 7 years, while the risks to our state are for the life of this pipeline. The installation of wind and solar production in Nebraska will provide many good Nebraska jobs and provide years of cheap electricity for everyone in our great state.”

Read the entire news release and additional quotations, and view photos of the first and second Solar XL projects here. 

Images: Nebraska landowners Bob and Nancy Allpress and supporters. Credit: Jason Shald / Bold Nebraska

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Federal judge orders environmental review of Keystone XL pipeline, by Nancy Gaarder, Omaha World-Herald

A federal court in Montana has ruled that TransCanada must conduct an additional environmental review before it moves forward with the alternative route that has been approved for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline . . . Bold Alliance, an opponent that was among the plaintiffs in the case, welcomed the decision. “The court saw through the sham fast-track environmental review that TransCanada and the State Department were trying to shove past Nebraska landowners and Tribal Nations,” Mark Hefflinger of Bold Alliance said in a statement.