For Immediate Release
Eddie Scher, 415-815-5758
Ken Winston, 402-212-3737
April 19, 2012
TransCanada 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.”