Keystone XL opponents vow long fight as Nebraska hearing concludes

Source: Raw Story

“Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline vowed on Thursday to block construction of the controversial project if Nebraska regulators approve the proposed route later this year. The state’s regulators wrapped up a final public hearing a day early on Thursday on TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline after four days of contentious exchanges between lawyers. Nebraska’s Public Service Commission will make its final decision by Nov. 23. After the hearing, two dozen landowners and other pipeline opponents vowed non-violent civil disobedience if the commission rules in favor of TransCanada. The action, they said, would be similar to months-long protests in North Dakota led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against the Dakota Access pipeline. ‘Standing Rock was a dress rehearsal compared to what this will be,’ said Jane Kleeb, chair of Nebraska’s Democratic party and founder of the Bold Alliance anti-pipeline group, her voice cracking. ‘We are not going to let an inch of foreign steel touch Nebraska soil.'” (08/10/17)