No Route Is Safe for Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

WASHINGTON – The Nebraska Public Service Commission today approved an alternate route for the proposed controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline through Nebraska that will require significant additional examination and analysis.

The following is a statement from Anthony Swift, Canada Project Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

“This decision mistakenly brushes aside the legitimate and serious concerns raised by Nebraska landowners and indigenous people that the Keystone XL pipeline would threaten their water and climate. Only a couple days ago, we got yet another grim confirmation—oozing across the land in South Dakota—that pipelines leak. There’s no safe route for Keystone XL, and we will continue fighting with every tool, in every venue and with every partner, to make sure it’s never built.”


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