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State Department Hearing on Keystone XL Set for April 18 in Grand Island

March 27, 2013

AFP-Nebraska will be organizing grassroots support yet again to push for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The U.S. State Department has announced the final public hearing will be April 18th in Grand Island.  If you would like to join us at this important public meeting to demonstrate support for KXL, contact Matt Litt at (402) 261-9332 or email infoNE@afphq.org

From the Lincoln Journal Star:

The U.S. State Department has chosen the Heartland Event Center in Grand Island as the site and April 18 as the date for a public meeting on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

A spokeswoman for the State Department said the exchange with proponents and opponents of the project will be in two sessions from noon to 3:30 p.m. and from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. Registration begins at 11 a.m.

The latest interaction between the federal watchdog on the project and citizens follows the recent release of a draft supplemental environmental impact statement in which federal officials downplayed the risks of the project to the Ogallala Aquifer.

The environmental review also responded to concerns about the global warming implications of the project by suggesting that oil deposits in Alberta probably would be utilized whether the Keystone project goes forward or not.

The broader context for action on TransCanada’s $7 billion plan for connecting the oilsands with refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast is a pending presidential permit necessary to cross the border between the two countries.

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