Seward County League of Women Voters —- Pipeline Risks Outweigh Benefits
Letter, 1/04: Risks outweigh pipeline benefits. The Seward County League of Women Voters has written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking that the government deny a permit to build the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline. The Seward league believes it is important for organizations and Nebraska residents to voice opposition to this project. The league, which took a lead role in studying the company’s first pipeline that now runs through Seward well fields, has continued its research and has concluded the environmental and economic risks of a second pipeline through Nebraska outweigh any benefits in oil capacity or temporary jobs. Opposition to the project is growing, as is evidenced by TransCanada’s TV ad campaigns to try to convince Nebraskans the pipeline, which would run through the precious Sandhills and the Ogallala Aquifer, would be safe. Yet scientific reports, news investigations and history show this would not be the case. The New York Times reported: “This crude oil poses challenges like toxic sludge ponds, greenhouse gas emissions and the destruction of boreal forests.” Jim Lyon, vice president of the National Wildlife Federation, said the pipeline “will be built with thinner steel that threatens communities, water and wildlife habitat across the American landscape.” The NWF reported there were 57 spills from Minnesota pipelines between 2000 and 2009 that released more than 19,000 barrels of oil. Environmental groups also raise questions about whether there is a detection system or an emergency response plan in the event of a leak, and if insurance or financial reserves would be available to cover remediation following a spill. There also is the question of what happens and who is responsible if the pipeline is sold or abandoned. TransCanada has not answered these questions. Ellen Beck, Seward ((03 JAN 2011))
It’s times like this you thank God they gave women the right to vote.
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