Nebraskans pledge to fight in face of Trump approval of pipeline permit

Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Friday celebrated President Donald Trump's approval of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal and called for peaceful protests in South Dakota in the wake of its construction. Trump claims the number would be 28,000, and TransCanada promises 13,000 in construction alone, while the Obama-era State Department slims that estimate down to about 3,900 - and just 35 permanent ones. TransCanada wants to connect the pipeline from western Canada to the pump station at Steele City, Nebraska where it can be connected to the southern portion of the pipeline, sending crude to oil refineries at the Gulf Coast.

A State Department spokesman says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recused himself from that review process.

The construction of the pipeline would indeed create thousands of jobs.

However, since his electoral campaign Trump said he would back up and give green light to it.

Polls also show declining public support for the pipelines such as Keystone and Dakota Access.

Meanwhile, activists and landowners from Nebraska continue fighting the project of 8 billion dollars, by means of pressures on the local legislative house to stop the construction of the pipeline.

"The more pipeline capacity there is, the higher proportion of the oil will be moved by a safer method of transport", Carr said.

Thune also said constituents in his home county, Jones County, are all for the project. According to Elliott C. McLaughlin of CNN, environmentalists, local residents, and indigenous tribes anxious that the pipeline would pollute the Ogallala Aquifer, a huge underground water source that provides water to farms in eight states.

The State Department was formally responsible for the permit TransCanada was given to construct a line that crosses the USA border.

The issuance of the permit has ended the company's US constitutional challenge to Former President Obama's 2015 veto.

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"It's going to be an incredible pipeline", Trump said.

"I have full confidence that the Public Service Commission will conduct a thorough and fair review of the application", he said.

Nebraska requires residents to show a "substantial legal interest" in a project before they can intervene.

In November 2015, after years of foot-dragging, Barack Obama finally blocked the Keystone XL Pipeline.

"The Presidential Permit is only one part of a web of federal, state, and local permits that must be obtained prior to starting construction", said Fred Jauss, a former lawyer with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and partner at the worldwide law firm Dorsey & Whitney, in an interview with Reuters. The Canadian oil that would flow through the pipeline is considered among the dirtiest types of crude.

Barrasso in his statement, said permitting the pipeline will create jobs, help grow our economy, and improve America's energy security.

"America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action on climate change", declared Obama then.

"Any politician siding with the fossil fuel industry on Keystone, be they named Trudeau or Trump, is in for one hell of a fight."
And it might prove a tough sell to residents of the heartland, where many see the project as all risk and no reward, especially because the oil that runs through the Keystone XL is bound for export to Latin American and European markets.

"The Keystone XL pipeline is a disaster for people, wildlife and the planet", Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement.

  • Adam Floyd