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USDS KXL Public Hearing in the Books

April 22, 2013

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:

Hundreds of concerned citizens waiting to enter the USDS public hearing on KXL

KXL pipeline supporters waiting to enter the hearing.

AFP-NE Director Brad Stevens preparing his testimony

Rancher Randy speaking in opposition to the KXL pipeline

 

Former US Dept. of Transportation official who oversaw pipelines in the US talking about how pipelines are the safest way to transport oil.

This is what 12% strongly opposed looks like (compared to the 66% of Americans who favor the line being built).

Not quite Santa Claus but Polar Bear Man was talking pictures with attendees… Seriously, he was.

 

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