Update: Grinch, Cindy Lou Get Involved In Pipeline Debate

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Posted December 24


Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline donned holiday-themed costumes from a Dr. Seuss book on Christmas Eve day, as they urged Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman to reject the project.

Members of the group Bold Nebraska dressed as the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who outside the governor's residence on Monday to protest the proposed transnational pipeline. The group urged Heineman to deny a state permit for the project.

A group member dressed as the Grinch left a pair of flip flops outside the governor's residence, as well as a photo of a Nebraska farm family that opposes the project.

The pipeline would transport oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries in Texas.

Heineman expects a recommendation from Nebraska's environmental-quality agency by early January.



Posted December 23


Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are claiming new allies in their push to keep the project away from the Ogallala Aquifer: the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who.

The group Bold Nebraska says the two fictional Dr. Seuss characters will visit Gov. Dave Heineman's residence at noon Monday. The group says the Grinch will deliver gifts that symbolize landowner rights.

Pipeline opponents are imploring Heineman to deny state approval for the project, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries. Heineman has said he expects a recommendation from Nebraska's environmental-quality agency by early January at the latest.

Pipeline developer TransCanada has agreed to move the proposed route out of the Nebraska Sandhills, but opponents say it still cuts through the aquifer, a massive groundwater supply.


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