Written by Twilight Greenaway, Civil Eats
A few weeks ago, officials from the TransCanada Corporation drove two sets of wooden stakes, each fastened with about a yard of bright orange flagging tape, into the ground along two sides of Art Tanderup’s farm. But Tanderup, a retired school teacher whose Neligh, Nebraska farm sits right on the preferred route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, took TransCanada’s latest chess move in stride. Continue reading here.
Photo by Twilight Greenaway: Signs commemorating a meeting of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance on the Tanderups’ farm in 2015.
ALSO IN NEBRASKA
70, OPPD Blog, The Wire
WHAT IS IT? The number of turbines that will produce electricity at the Sholes Wind Energy Center in northeast Nebraska.
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SOLAR SCHOOLS NEWS
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PRODUCT LAUNCH IN THE U.S.
Commercial rooftop solar racking with one drill bit