State Department Hears from Public

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Nebraska's neighbor of Kansas is seeing protests regarding the proposed pipeline during a hearing before the State Department. A similar meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska is set for Tuesday.

Environmentalists are lining up in Kansas to tell State Department representatives they oppose the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline, which would move oil to the Texas coast from Canada.

Rabbi Moti Rieber, coordinator of Kansas Interfaith Power & Light, joined the orderly procession of speakers Monday.

The religious and environmental group leader called the 1,700 pipeline "a direct threat" to Kansas' natural resources because of possible spills.

Gov. Sam Brownback says he supports the pipeline because it would boost national security by giving the U.S. a steady source of oil from a "friendly nation that's next door."

Labor union members support the pipeline because of the jobs it would create.

The State Department also is holding hearings this week before deciding whether to approve the pipeline.

Lincoln's Pershing Center will host a hearing Tuesday, September 27 and Thursday, September 29, in Atkinson, Nebraska. The public will have three minutes each to testify. The hearing runs from noon to 8pm.

Nebraska Governor Heineman has asked the Obama Administration not to issue a permit since the pipeline's route goes over the Ogallala Aquifer and puts ground water at risk.

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