Keystone XL Pipeline

What is the pipeline?

TransCanada, a provider of pipeline services, wants to build a tar sand oil pipeline through the United States, cutting through Nebraska. The tar sands are an environmentally and socially destructive form of energy that cost more at the pump than regular gasoline and use large amounts of water to extract it.

Basic facts:

  • The pipeline would enter the U.S. via Montana. It would go through Montana, then pass through South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, on its way to oil refineries in the Gulf Coast .
  • The pipeline would have 36-inch walls, and would be buried only 4 feet below the ground.

Who is TransCanada?

A Canadian energy infrastructure corporation. TransCanada is one of North America’s largest providers of gas storage and pipeline services. It also owns, controls or is developing approximately 11,700 megawatts of power generation.

Why is this bad for Nebraska?

Nebraska’s environment and economy are inseparable. We are an agricultural economy. Our economy is connected to the health of the land. The Keystone XL pipeline poses a threat to our state.

Here’s why:

  • The pipeline would cross over the Ogallala Aquifer, the fresh water source for over 2 million Americans and the fundamental water and irrigation resource for Nebraskan farmers and ranchers.
  • The pipeline would devastate the Sand Hills, which contains some of the most intact prairie in the Great Plains region.
  • We’ve seen that oil pipelines break. Only one spill is needed to contaminate our water!
  • The first Keystone pipeline has already leaked multiple times; there’s no reason this pipeline would be different
  • TransCanda has bullied our landowners and made promises they can’t keep about bringing jobs to Nebraska and pipeline “safety.”


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