Pipeline Backers, Opponents Meet Again in Congressional Hearing
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Supporters and opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska squared
off again in a congressional hearing.
The hearing on Thursday was
called by U.S. Rep. Lee Terry, a Nebraska Republican who supports the
hotly disputed project. Opponents are urging President Barack Obama to
deny a federal permit for the proposed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline,
saying it doesn't serve U.S. energy interests and threatens Nebraska
Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Dennis Houston
testified that the first Keystone pipeline in Nebraska provided an
economic boost to his area during the five-month construction period.
Kleeb, executive director of Bold Nebraska, argued that the project
poses an unnecessary risk to Nebraskans with no long-term benefits.
Kleeb says many of the jobs for the initial pipeline went to