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Nebraska governor asks Obama to nix Keystone pipeline
Reuters ^ | Aug 31, 2011 | Timothy Gardner, Joshua Schneyer

Posted on 08/31/2011 4:16:39 PM PDT by throwback

Nebraska's governor urged U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday to block TransCanada's planned Keystone oil pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast, saying it could hurt a regional water source.

The State Department could issue a presidential permit for the $7 billion project, which would boost U.S. dependence on Canada's controversial oil sands. Momentum for Keystone picked up last week after the department said the project would have only limited impact on the environment.

The State Department should deny the permit on the grounds that the line could put the Ogallala Aquifer at risk, the Midwestern state's governor, Dave Heineman, said in a letter to the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The aquifer in Nebraska is a main source of water for farmlands in the Midwest.

The State Department said in last week's environmental review that an oil spill from the line would affect a limited area in Nebraska's Sand Hills region, which is part of the High Plains aquifer.

Heineman said he does not oppose pipelines in general, but disagreed about the risks.

"This resource is the lifeblood of Nebraska's agriculture industry," he said in the letter. "I am concerned that the proposed pipeline will potentially have detrimental effects on this valuable natural resource and Nebraska's economy."

Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns echoed Heineman's request. "The proposed route is the wrong route. It's clear to me, after traveling throughout the state, that most Nebraskans agree a better route is needed," Johanns said in a release.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: canada; daveheineman; heineman; johanns; keystone; mikejohanns; nebraska; nimby; ogallalaaquifer; oil; pipeline
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To: Crichton
Those are the kind of questions & answers I would hope to see to form an intelligent opinion on the matter.

What would make it the "best" proposal? Do you have a set of criteria in mind?

21 posted on 08/31/2011 5:20:21 PM PDT by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Glenn
What would make it the "best" proposal? Do you have a set of criteria in mind?

Presumably one that makes the most economic sense - I assume there are lots of criteria, like locations of suppliers & customers, cost of materials & labor in construction & maintenance, minimizing security & environmental risk ... as I said, what do I know? Alberta to the Gulf is a huge area.

22 posted on 08/31/2011 5:27:39 PM PDT by Crichton
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To: ColdOne

The USA don’t need no stenkin oil, nor no stenkin jobs, and no stenkin revenue, thought everyone knew that already.


23 posted on 08/31/2011 5:43:25 PM PDT by Waco (Nominate Palin or forget 2012 you lost)
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To: throwback

The media has the Nebraska irrigation farmers convinced that the pipeline will leak and ruin the Ogallala Aquifer and put them all out of business. Doesn’t make sense, but I guess they will be happy paying $5 per gallon for diesel.


24 posted on 08/31/2011 5:51:15 PM PDT by Western Phil
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To: throwback
Oh for Chris sakes...put it in a lined ditch thru the Sand Hills or wherever it goes over the aquifer, then add a shut off valve every 1/2 or 1/4 mile. Done.

Jeezuz.

25 posted on 08/31/2011 6:10:06 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: Crichton

No, the gov is bending over for farmers. The farmers do not want the pipeline. They are making a killing from ethanol. Farmers carry a lot of clout in NE>


26 posted on 08/31/2011 10:18:32 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: huskerjim
Probably a cat call for future eco-terrorists to blow it up and cause a spill.
You never know why they open their traps.
27 posted on 08/31/2011 10:33:23 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: All; throwback
Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns echoed Heineman's request. "The proposed route is the wrong route. It's clear to me, after traveling throughout the state, that most Nebraskans agree a better route is needed," Johanns said in a release.

What a pile of crap.

This wouldn't have anything to do with it:

There are currently 24 active ethanol production plants in Nebraska, with a combined production capacity of over 2 billion gallons of ethanol each year—and requiring 769 million bushels of grain in the process.
Nebraska ranks second nationally in ethanol production—and is the largest ethanol producer west of the Missouri River.

Nebraska Ethanol Board

28 posted on 09/01/2011 1:33:42 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Will racist demagogue Andre Carson be censured by the House?)
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To: Cold Heart

“The oil pipeline is a threat to ethanol production.”

Make sure the pipe is crappy and breaks daily!!!


29 posted on 09/01/2011 1:51:52 AM PDT by dalereed (uity wise!)
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