For Immediate Release
April 19, 2012
Releases New Nebraska Route for Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
Lincoln, NE – Today, the Nebraska Department of Environmental
Quality announced that TransCanada has submitted its alternative routing for
the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
Ken Winston, Sierra Club, issued the following statement in response:
“Hell yes, this is still the Sand Hills.
“TransCanada promised to move the
Keystone XL pipeline route out of the Sand Hills. Sadly it appears that
TransCanada has once again engaged in a game of deception, because their new
route goes through areas that lifelong residents of the area like Karl Connell
will tell you are definitely part of the Sand Hills. This latest development
justifies the concerns that Nebraskans have about this pipeline and the way it
is being forced on our state.
“The Governor, the
President, a majority of our elected officials have said—and Nebraskans know—that the Ogallala
Aquifer is too valuable to risk to a tar sands spill. That was the reason the
pipeline was delayed. Meanwhile, TransCanada stalled on revealing their route
until the day after they got legislation granting them special favors from
the Legislature. Unfortunately, the new route is still dangerous to landowners
and to the Ogallala Aquifer, America's largest and most vulnerable water
supply. Nebraskans who have worked long
and hard to protect their most precious resources deserve better than this.
TransCanada's new route, just like their old one, is unacceptable.”