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
Omaha 402-397-9944        
D.C. 202-225-4155

Congressman Adrian Smith
Scottsbluff 308-633-6333            
Grand Island 308-384-3900
D.C. 202-225-6435

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry
Lincoln 402-438-1598      
D.C. 202-225-4806

Senator Ben Nelson
Omaha 402-391-3411          
Lincoln 402-441-4600          
D.C. 202-224-6551

Senator Mike Johanns
Scottbluff 308-632-6032              
D.C. 202-227-4224

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May 19th 2011

naca - the 1868 Ft. Laramie treaty is still valid and CORPORATION USA must abide by their own law, misprision of perjury/treason is occurring, no state can make law for the natural hereditary ,full blood lakota, in the treaty land known as Lakota dominium,treaty is the SUPRME LAW OF THE LAND

May 19th 2011

naca - the 1868 Ft. Laramie treaty is still valid and CORPORATION USA must abide by their own law, misprision of perjury/treason is occurring, no state can make law for the natural hereditary ,full blood lakota, in the treaty land known as Lakota dominium,treaty is the SUPRME LAW OF THE LAND

December 28th 2011

alh - just look at the existing pipe lines already across there. We have had pipelines over the huge aquifer in Texas and have not had any problems. What a bunch of whiners.

January 18th 2012

ProfessionalEngineer81 - Sensitive land in Nebraska??? Give me a break. This is just a way for the environmental extremist to make cause pain to the rest of us who don't believe their pseudoscience.

February 7th 2012

RelevantEvent - It's eerie how this seems to keep occuring all over the world. There is a film about a similar situation in Ireland named "Destination: Rossport, Ireland” which examines how a big oil company is impacting the culture of the community. It shows the direct conflict with health and safety concerns for an entrenched group of locals.

March 31st 2013

baw - (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil on Sunday continued cleanup of a pipeline oil spill in Arkansas that loosed thousands of barrels of heavy Canadian crude and forced the evacuation of 22 homes. Exxon's Pegagus pipeline, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude from Pakota, Illinois to Nederland, Texas, was shut after the leak was discovered late Friday afternoon in a subdivision near the town of Mayflower. The company did not have an estimate for the restarting of the pipeline, which was carrying Canadian Wabasca Heavy crude at the time of the leak. The spill comes as environmentalists are pressing the State Department to reject plan to build the 800,000 bpd Keystone pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada's oil sands to the Gulf Coast. Exxon said that by 3 a.m. Saturday there was no additional oil spilling from the pipeline. Images from local media showed crude oil snaking along the road in a neighborhood. "Cleanup efforts are progressing 24 hours a day," said Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers, who added the oil had not leaked into nearby Lake Conway. "We were very fortunate that the local responders made sure the oil did not enter the water." (Reporting by Matthew Robinson in New York; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

April 1st 2013

jake - I will support you hypocritical do-gooders when you strap solar panels and windmills on your cars instead of burning carbon spewing fossil fuels!

May 8th 2013

Lee - The people for this pipeline are immediate gratification people. They want cheap energy now, while in the future we will be searching for clean drinking water. I am against this for my 7 year old grandson's children and grandchildren.

May 3rd 2014

Tom McMullen - You people are idiots...

November 13th 2014

Nage - Excerpt from "Oil executive son's testimony at Prince Rupert Northern Gateway pipeline joint review panel" "On our way there [to the jetty, where they loaded and unloaded the super tankers], we drove past many different villages [Pakistan]. Each one looking extremely impoverished. I learned later that this was not always the case. There was a time in this region where fishing, farming and the local economy truly flourished. But once the refinery project was approved, among other projects in the region, they built a pipeline directly through nine different villages. Over a period of time, there was pipeline breakage which contaminated an underground aquifer, and spoiled the wells and water supply of the majority of the surrounding villages. As industry expanded, and land bought and sold, men were forced into cheap labour at the refineries, after lifetimes of sustainable farming and fishing -- now dependent on one or two companies for employment. Women, children and elders went starving after losing access to fresh water, with no accountability for cleanup -- just left to fend for themselves. I ask, what would be the case here in our region? Do you see any potential similarities?"

January 26th 2016

roger reimer - when will Nebraska remove all 19000 miles of pipeline in the state if they are afraid of an oil spill or is this Middle east trying to stop Canadian oil.