TransCanada Keystone Pipeline Crossing Nebraska’s Niobrara River
In addition to the Ogallala aquifer, the Keystone XL pipeline will traverse some of Nebraska’s most important rivers and fisheries, including the Niobrara River, the Elkhorn River, Cedar River, Loup River, and the West Fork of the Big Blue River. Even the oil industry admits it can’t prevent pipeline spills. Despite their continued assurances of safety, pipeline companies know their products are inherently unsafe. A spill in this area of Nebraska would be disastrous for the Ogallala and major Nebraska Rivers. The Niobrara River area is of particular concern, since it flows above shale deposits that are highly prone to fracturing and sinking, making underground pipes especially risky.
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- October 17, 2010 / 9:53 pm