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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
Wow, I'm not a Republican. I keep getting signals that I'm not, and the signals are getting stronger. Wonder if the governor has done the math - how many farmers vs. city dwellers that need jobs and drive cars.
1 posted on 08/31/2011 4:16:49 PM PDT by throwback
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To: throwback

unbelievable.


2 posted on 08/31/2011 4:18:31 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: throwback

I am surprised they even had a plan for this Keystone pipeline. Oh look for EPA or some other job killing buddy of White House to do so.


3 posted on 08/31/2011 4:22:01 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: throwback

Controversial? By Lib AP writers?

Dependence on Canadian oil...? vs. Saudi or Libyan oil?

This is insanity.


4 posted on 08/31/2011 4:22:16 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: throwback

Is this reverse psychology. Oppose the pipeline so that BO is more likely to approve it?


5 posted on 08/31/2011 4:22:31 PM PDT by huskerjim
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To: ken21

Yeah, big red state. Go figure. Poverty. On it’s way, guaranteed.


6 posted on 08/31/2011 4:22:34 PM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: ken21

Obama is saving this for some poll numbers


7 posted on 08/31/2011 4:22:57 PM PDT by molson209
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To: throwback

The greatest threat to the Ogallala aquifier is ethanol.
The oil pipeline is a threat to ethanol production.


8 posted on 08/31/2011 4:23:39 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: throwback

Tell the states that the pipeline passes through that they will be paid royalties per million gallons and see what happens.


9 posted on 08/31/2011 4:25:18 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Proud to be a (little bit bigger) monthly donor.)
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To: throwback

What is it that is very rapidly making Americans suicidal , economically suicidal !?

Gaiai ? The proven false Anthropogenic Global Warming Big Lie ? Some form of guilt about something ?

How about this, Canada turns the pipe to the left coast and sells the oil to Japan, Taiwan , China and the USA can simply wither on the vine and become a 3rd world s**t-hole ?


10 posted on 08/31/2011 4:25:53 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: Cold Heart

You got it!

Problem is..a lot of people dont.

No sense what-so-ever these days.

I just got done with my congressman the other day who seems to think that no thought should be given to anything anymore. And he is a freshman. I told him in politics and in congress the one thing he must do is always think. Who, What, When, Where and Why.


11 posted on 08/31/2011 4:35:20 PM PDT by crz
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To: throwback

Nebraska can build a secondary pipeline through the Sand Hills. An oil pipe condom for safety and protection.


12 posted on 08/31/2011 4:38:54 PM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: throwback
which would boost U.S. dependence on Canada's controversial oil sands

realli?

13 posted on 08/31/2011 4:40:45 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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To: Cold Heart

Thanks


14 posted on 08/31/2011 4:42:12 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: throwback
Two things stand out:

* I agree that it smells like the Nebraskans are having a case of the NIMBYs, but

* FReepers seem to be commenting without actually considering the facts.

Is the current route proposal the best one? I sure as heck don't know, and most commenters probably don't either. Is there another reasonable route? What is the cost/benefit difference between them?

Those are the kind of questions & answers I would hope to see to form an intelligent opinion on the matter. Of course the Reuters article doesn't illuminate.

15 posted on 08/31/2011 4:47:16 PM PDT by Crichton
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To: NonValueAdded; wac3rd

“Controversial” is one of those MSM giveaway terms that they use to shape political narratives. “Controversial” is always applied to beliefs and figures opposed to the Left. You’ll never hear, fox example, global warming called “controversial.”


16 posted on 08/31/2011 4:51:25 PM PDT by denydenydeny (The moment you step into a world of facts, you step into a world of limits. --Chesterton)
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To: throwback

I would imagine the chances of a pipeline spill affecting the Ogallala aquifer in a meaningful fashion are next to nil. Unless it’s a catastrophic break and all monitoring and containment safeguards fail there would be no chance. This sounds more like ill-informed hysteria.


17 posted on 08/31/2011 4:54:47 PM PDT by bereanway
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To: bereanway

“The greatest threat to the Ogallala aquifier is ethanol.
The oil pipeline is a threat to ethanol production.”

You nailed it!


18 posted on 08/31/2011 4:59:14 PM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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To: throwback

NIMBYism is one of those luxuries that you’d never see in, for example, China. It’s yet another advantage they have over us.


19 posted on 08/31/2011 5:11:52 PM PDT by denydenydeny (The moment you step into a world of facts, you step into a world of limits. --Chesterton)
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To: throwback

As a supporter of Heineman, I’m surprised. He must be getting a LOT of heat from the “Windmills - Not Oil Spills” crowd. The leader of the “Windmills” group is Jane Kleeb...and she’s a left wing wacko!!!!


20 posted on 08/31/2011 5:13:28 PM PDT by radioone ("2012 can't come soon enough")
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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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