The one and only United States Department of State public hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline took place on Thursday, April 18 in Grand Island.
Many expected the hearing to be larger than the Albion hearing (hosted by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality on December 4, 2012) but it is likely the wintery weather held many back.
A surprising characteristic of this hearing was the civil mood (in comparison to the Albion hearing). Both proponents and opponents of KXL applauded their testifiers and the pipeline fighters silently protested proponents by holding black bandanas in the air, yet there didn’t seem to be hostility in the air as before.
At this point one cannot tell if any testimony would sway the impact report from Secretary Kerry’s State Department; which found it is “very unlikely” that the KXL would have an environmental impact. What has not changed is the great economic impact KXL could have on the state.
66% of Americans support the construction of the KXL; supporters need to let their voices be heard! There is still time to let the Department of State and President Obama that you support the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline!
Here are some photos from the event: