This week hearings will be held with the state public service commission, 4 Republicans and one Demorcrat, and one judge deciding on the route of the pipeline. About 500 came to demonstrate on Sunday. It will be a miracle if the commission rules against it, as they always go with business. This time the pipe will be a burden on the state once the oil stops flowing, and even before as it leaks. The environmental permit Transcanada has is worthless, it has no guarantees and no setup for cleanup. This will probably not be considered by the judge who rules on a very narrow set of factors.
The event was organized by Jane Kleeb of Boldnebraska.org. The last word cuts off, so just go to the next video by Randy Thompson.
Many locals understand the problems the pipeline brings to the state overall and our clean water rights. The pipe goes through sand, through which the heavy oil will sink to the water table. The pipe is buried 4 foot deep, so small leaks will be unseen. Our rights as a state and its citizens should overrule the 90% of landowners willing to risk their future for a lot of money that will help out in the short run. We can give them tax breaks if they need it to farm.
Some sort of eminent domain process will take the land from the rest of the farmers. it is not clear why, as foreign corporations cannot normally use that.
People were marching around two blocks and returned to the capitol:
Even the small 60 plus year old woman gets her voice heard.