LETTER: Nebraska battles Keystone XL pipeline
As a former season ticket holder with the Colorado University football team, I used to love the day after Thanksgiving. That is the day we played Nebraska. I always went to the game with high hopes because the Buffs usually played well against the Huskers. The Buffs didn’t win many of these games, but it was always a day of high spirits, and I always admired how the Nebraska fans showed up in their red hats, red clothes and banners. Lately I have been cheering for Nebraska as they take on a potentially disastrous opponent, which is the TransCanadian pipeline.
This Canadian company wants eminent domain rights to build the Keystone XL pipeline across the breadbasket of America and the Ogallala Aquifer. Jane Kleeb and Bold Nebraska are in a fight for their rights and the rights of all America against this Canadian company that wants to lay a new 36-inch pipeline that would carry 3.4 million gallons of the most dirty hydrocarbons to the Gulf everyday.
The tar sands oil, which will be transferred in this pipeline, is strip-mined from underneath the world’s largest intact ecosystem, the Boreal Forest of Alberta. The extraction site funded by the Royal Bank of Scotland is the size of Florida and will require trillions of gallons of water. Northern Alberta, the region where tar sands oil is extracted, is home to many indigenous populations. More than 100 people in the village of Fort Chipewyan near the extraction have died from cancer, out of a First Nation population of about 1,200. Alberta Health Services (AHS) says there is not a higher rate of cancer here than in other nonmining areas. Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation wants an independent investigation of cancer rates.
The Roaring Fork Sierra Club on May 17 held a rally in conjunction with 92 other sites in 42 states to tell President Obama that this pipeline is a bad idea for Nebraska, America and the globe. The Sierra Club asks that you call President Obama and ask him to deny access by the Canadians for the KXL.
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