Keystone XL Pipeline Meeting Streamed

News Release Date: 
April 16, 2013

NET to Stream U.S. State Department Meeting on Keystone XL Pipeline

LINCOLN, Neb. (April 16, 2013) -- NET will provide live web streaming of  an upcoming public hearing hosted by the U.S. State Department about the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The hearing will be held at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island on Thursday, April 18, just days before the April 22 end to the comment period. Streaming will begin on the NET website (netNebraska.org) at noon CT and continue until the end of the hearing which is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT.

The controversial $5.3 billion Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline was originally set to traverse the environmentally-sensitive Sandhills area, but after President Barack Obama rejected the proposal, a new route developed by operators TransCanada avoids the area. The proposed 1,179 mile pipeline could transport approximately 830,000 barrels of oil each day, as it travels from Alberta, Canada to Texas refineries.

Last month, the U.S. State Department released a draft environmental impact statement suggesting the rerouted pipeline would have no major impact on the environment, but stopped short of recommending that Obama approve the project.

Those opposed to the pipeline claim the new route submitted by TransCanada still crosses through about 1,000 bodies of water.  Advocates of the pipeline say precautions will be taken to ensure safety, and claim that it will create jobs and expand an energy source from a country that is diplomatically friendly to the U.S.