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Kleeb to speak on Keystone pipeline

Posted: 09/20/13 08:48

Supporters and opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska squared off again in a congressional hearing. The hearing yesterday was called by U.S. Rep. Lee Terry, a Nebraska Republican who supports the hotly disputed project. Thomas Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research, says he's concerned environmental and legal wrangling will continue to cloud the pipeline project. Jane Kleeb, executive director of Bold Nebraska, argued that the project poses an unnecessary risk to Nebraskans with no long-term benefits. 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 would contribute to global warming. Supporters say the pipeline is by far the safest way to transport the oil from Canadian tar-sands deposits.