Nebraskans will have another chance to comment on the proposed pipeline that would carry Canadian oil across the Great Plains to refineries in Texas.
The U.S. State Department is planning to hold a second hearing on the $7 billion Keystone XL project in Nebraska's Sandhills on Thursday.
The event from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. is likely to significantly increase Atkinson's population because the first hearing in Lincoln earlier this week attracted several hundred people.
TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL project would cross Montana,
South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. TransCanada also has proposed connecting it to the Bakken oil field in Montana and North Dakota.
The pipeline's proposed route crosses the massive underground
Ogallala Aquifer, which supplies water for irrigation and drinking
to people in eight U.S. states.