Keystone XL is in the nation's interest!

Another evaluation of environmental impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline again finds the pipeline's construction and operation will have minimal impact on the environment. A new report done by the State Department confirms that The Keystone XL pipeline will have minimal impact on the environment. KXL is an ideal infrastructure project to create construction jobs and move the U.S. closer to energy security.


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York County Board Votes 4-1 to Reject
Pipeline Zoning Regulations

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

YORK, NE -- York County commissioners followed the recommendation of their county attorney and voted 4-1 on Tuesday morning to reject proposed zoning regulation of underground transmission lines including pipelines.  Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence (NJEI) steadfastly opposed the proposed regulations over the last eighteen months as they were discussed, developed and debated.

"The most vocal proponents of the pipeline regulations in York county are leading opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline," said Chris Peterson, spokesman for NJEI. "They represent a tiny minority of Nebraskans who have believe the falsehoods and misrepresentations promoted by extremist environmental groups including Bold Nebraska. Fortunately, the York county attorney wasn't intimidated by their tactics and recommended the county board reject the regulations."

While county attorney Candace Dick was not in attendance, board chairman Bill Bamesberger shared Dick's recommendation including that it was based on the unclear nature of the proposed regulations as well as concerns about the county's ability to defend the regulations against a legal challenge.

Peterson testified at Tuesday's meeting, thanking the board for a deliberative and thoughtful consideration of the regulation issue over a period that began in mid-2013. He noted that the Keystone XL project is the most studied major infrastructure project in the history of the United States. Government studies have consistently concluded the project would be the safest pipeline ever built, boost the economy, create jobs, provide a windfall in local property tax revenue for schools and counties, and would not contribute significantly to an increase in green-house gas emissions.

Chairman Bamesberger and commissioners Kurt Bulgrin, Randy Obermier and Jack Sikes voted to reject the regulations while board member Paul Buller voted against rejecting the regulations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nebraskans for Jobs & Energy Independence is a committed group of Nebraskans who believe that our state can play a key role in the future of U.S. energy policy. Most energy experts will tell you that Nebraska is in a unique and advantageous position to play a key role in the future of energy in the United States. Nebraska's exisiting ethanol production, enormous wind power potential, and central geographic position mean that Nebraska can both generate and transmit power and energy sources for the rest of the nation -- creating jobs, growing the economy and decreasing the need to import oil from unstable sources. Join us and make yourself heard!


Video: Brigham McCown Interview

Brigham McCown, Former Administrator U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, discusses the safety of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Nebraska.

 


Cornhuskers Across the State Support Keystone XL

Over 4,000 Nebraskan residents have a signed a petition by Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline. From the bright lights of Omaha and Lincoln to the farming communities in western Nebraska, Nebraskans agree: "We need jobs. We need energy. We need Keystone XL."

Click here to view Support for Keystone XL Spans Nebraska in a full screen map.

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