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News Release: Keystone XL Partially Denied; Landowners Vow to Keep Fighting

By Mark Hefflinger, Bold Nebraska

Landowners, Tribes, Bold and other official intervenors now have the option to within 30 days file an appeal in the Nebraska courts of portions of the PSC’s decision, to ensure that property rights, cultural and natural resources receive maximum protections. Separately, intervenor parties may also petition the Public Service Commission for a rehearing within ten days of the decision.

As landowners, attorneys and other intervenor parties consider legal options, Bold Nebraska has announced an expansion of the Solar XL project, and will continue crowdfunding to build additional solar installations with landowners in the path of Keystone XL.

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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

  • Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska OK’s Keystone XL pipeline, but not its preferred route. Nebraska regulators have approved TransCanada’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline, but not its “preferred” route through this state — raising questions about whether the company will continue to pursue the project.
  • Omaha World-Herald: Controversial Keystone XL pipeline route across Nebraska is approved, but hurdles likely remainThe decision, while giving the Canadian firm a route across Nebraska, raises many questions. One is that about 40 new landowners, along the 63 new miles of the alternative route, must be contacted to obtain right-of-way agreements for the underground pipe. Some major oil companies have pulled out of the tar sands region in recent months due to a worldwide glut of oil and the higher cost of turning the tar sands into synthetic crude.
  • Chicago Tribune: Nebraska panel approves alternative Keystone XL route. Jane Kleeb, director of the pipeline opposition group the Bold Alliance, said her group believes TransCanada will have to seek another federal review of the route, a process that would add even more years to the timetable. The mainline alternative approved Monday includes 63 miles of new pipeline that hasn’t been reviewed by the federal government. Opponents are expected to appeal the Nebraska commission’s decision in a state district court, and the case is likely to end up before the Nebraska Supreme Court. The commission was forbidden by law from considering a recent oil spill in South Dakota on the existing Keystone pipeline in its decision.

Judge: XL foes can’t testify about safety, necessity

By Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald

LINCOLN — Pipeline developer TransCanada has won a ruling that bars Nebraska landowners and others who oppose its Keystone XL project from testifying about potential oil leaks and whether the pipeline is needed . . . Former Lancaster County District Judge Karen Flowers, who was hired to conduct next week’s hearings over the proposed Keystone XL, ruled that issues such as safety, necessity of the pipeline and whether the U.S. needs the Canadian oil are beyond the purview of the state’s review. She issued more than 30 rulings, based on objections filed by TransCanada, about what testimony would and would not be allowed at next week’s hearings over the Keystone XL’s 275-mile route across the state. Read more here, including statements by Jane Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska, now Bold Alliance.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

Meet Jane Kleeb: Nebraska’s Boldest Keystone XL Pipeline Fighter, EcoWatch

As the founder of Bold Nebraska, which has since grown into the multistate Bold Alliance, Kleeb has successfully united Republicans and Democrats, ranchers and native tribes, country folk and city dwellers to battle the oil company’s attempts to push its project through. And while the U.S. State Department’s March 24 announcement that it was reauthorizing the project certainly dealt a blow to their common cause, the diverse group is not backing down.

  • Skeptics in oil industry question whether Keystone XL pipeline is still needed, by Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald
  • Infographic: How Tar Sands Oil Is Processed
    Bitumen from the mines is usually processed at an upgrading facility into synthetic crude oil. On average it takes about two tons of mixed tar sands to produce one barrel of crude oil. Raw bitumen can be denser than water, which can make it harder to clean up when it spills into waterways. Source: Energy Information Administration, Government of Alberta/Alberta Energy. Infographic: Alyson Hurt, Ayodha Ouditt and Andrew Prince / NPR 
  • Celebrate First Ever American Wind Week: Nebraska’s wind development milestones to date and many more projects “in the pipeline” — under construction and proposed.

Top Photo: Keystone XL Public Hearing in Omaha at the Ralston Arena on July 26th.
Credit: Bold Nebraska