Keystone XL Pipeline ProtestWritten by Jenn Hatcher
After installing one Keystone pipeline last year Trans Canada is continuing their pursuit to add to the XL pipeline which would carry around 100 miles of pipe through the Sandhills for tar-sand oil.
At the Capital in Lincoln on Wednesday, protesters gathered to share why they don't want this form of oil being taken from our state and damaging natural resources.
Many of the folks in attendance live in the Sandhills area and would be personally affected.
"It is a fragile ecosystem and we don't want to see Nebraska be an oil state, we're not an oil state, we're an ag state and there's a reason we don't have lots of oil pipelines in our state because it's to risky,” said Jane Kleeb, Director of Gold Nebraska.
Select protestors took their argument into the capital to discuss the issue with Governor Dave Heineman, five state senators, and Attorney General Jon Bruning.
They want to get a message across saying the state government can take a role in this federal issue.
"We're looking to them to pass stronger imminent domain laws were look to them to pass routing of the pipe laws and other laws that the state has jurisdiction over,” said Kleeb.