Keystone Protesters Rally in Washington and New Route Proposed
By Emily Roehler, Weekend Meteorologist - bio | email
A controversial pipeline with ties to Nebraska had protesters on their feet in Washington over the weekend.
Marching with a giant mock oil pipeline, protesters demonstrated against the Keystone X-L project on Sunday.
The activists say the pipeline is bad for America and the earth.
An organizer of Sunday's protest said the demonstration was to show President Obama that they will stand behind him if he rejects the project. Last January the president temporarily blocked the pipeline over environmental concerns.
The proposed Keystone X-L would run from Alberta, Canada to Texas.
The pipeline's original planned route through Nebraska's sandhills was met by protests in the state.
Trans-Canada is hoping a re-route will allow the project to move forward.
With input from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the public, a new route has been submitted by the company.
The revised route avoids the sand-hills and establishes a greater distance from drinking water sources.
The new route will be the center of a public hearing in Boone County on December 4th with information session and a chance for residents to share their comments and concerns.