NO to Pipeline Across Nebraska!
TransCanada is one of North America’s largest providers of gas storage and pipeline services. It also owns, controls or is developing approximately 11,700 megawatts of power generation. TransCanada’s 30-inch Keystone Pipeline is presently under construction and will extend 2,151 miles to transport crude oil from the tar sand mines near Hardisty, Alberta to Cushing, OK and southern Illinois. It is shown as the solid line in the map below and crosses Nebraska from the crossing of the Missouri River near Crofton south to the Kansas border near Fairbury.
TransCanada now proposes to construct a second pipeline, the 36-inch Keystone XL, on a route that will cover 1,661 miles from Alberta through Nebraska and other Great Plains states to the U.S. Gulf Coast (The dashed line in the map.) Its route cuts across a far more sensitive part of Nebraska – the Sandhills and Niobrara River Valley.
Contact your representatives and tell them how the pipeline would hurt Nebraska:
1. The pipeline would cross the Nebraska Sand Hills, a fragile and unique ecosystem that is easily damaged and difficult to repair.
2. It is a threat to the Ogallala aquifer, one of the world's largest supplies of groundwater, and the primary source of groundwater for agriculture and domestic use in Nebraska. Once an aquifer is contaminated, it is expensive and difficult to clean up. Experience has taught us that most clean up efforts have focused on containment rather than actual removal of contaminants.
3. Building the pipeline would provide oil companies more incentives for further development of the tar sands in Canada, an expensive and extremely environmentally damaging process that generates greenhouse gases, pollutes watersheds and destroys woodlands and other wildlife habitat.
4. The proposed pipeline would use higher pressures and thinner pipe walls than have been typically used in pipelines. As the disaster in the gulf has shown us, oil companies should not be allowed to use risky methods because flaws in design and construction can lead to catastrophic results.
5. We should be investing in clean energy solutions such as wind and solar electricity as well as developing more fuel efficient transportation methods, which are better long term solutions both economically and environmentally for Nebraska and the United States.
The comment period has been extended to July 2nd and this is the link to weigh in on the conversation to the State Department, who ultimately will sign or not sign the presidential pass.
Please contact your Congressman and Senator to let them know Nebraskans are opposed to the pipeline:
Congressman Lee Terry
Congressman Adrian Smith
Grand Island 308-384-3900
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry
Senator Ben Nelson
Senator Mike Johanns