Tell the Nebraska Public Service Commission: Reject Keystone XL

TransCanada has submitted a new application for a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline with the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC).

The permit application process at the Public Service Commission typically takes from eight months to a year, and includes public hearings, and opportunities for public comment and for citizens to apply as official "intervenors" on TransCanada's permitting process. The PSC has already begun accepting written comments on KXL. 

ACTION: Submit a #NoKXL comment to the Nebraska Public Service Commission: 

  • (We provide a sample comment below that you may edit, or replace with your own words.)
  • Explain why you are against the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Urge the PSC to reject TransCanada's permit application because the pipeline is not in the public interest of Nebraska or its citizens.
  • As an agriculture-based state, Nebraska does not need to take more agricultural land out of production using eminent domain for private gain to benefit a foreign company's export pipeline.
  • Any pipeline route should avoid the sandy porous soils of the Sandhills, shallow water tables, and recharge part of the Ogallala aquifer, as well as endangered species habitats of the Burying Beetle, and migratory paths of the Bald Eagle, and the Sandhill and Whooping cranes.
  • We urge the PSC to consider the scientific, peer-reviewed Univ. of Nebraska at Lincoln's report on risks of a worst-case spill to our water supplies [1], as well as the US Coast Guard and National Academy of Science's report on the risks of tarsands' spills to water.[2]
  • A fact sheet to inspire your comment with more background on why KXL is all risk and no reward may be found here: http://boldnebraska.org/kxlfacts
Use the form below to send your #NoKXL comment to the Nebraska PSC:

REFERENCES:

[1] "Analysis of Worst-Case Spills From the Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline." John S. Stansbury is Associate Professor of Environmental/Water Resources Engineering at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. The author of numerous studies on water resources and hazardous waste management published in peer-reviewed journals, he has also been an instructor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers risk assessment program. The full study with complete references is available at http://watercenter.unl.edu.

[2] "Spills of Diluted Bitumen from Pipelines: A Comparative Study of Environmental Fate, Effects, and Response," The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, 2016.