Pipeline Again Divides Nebraska

In Environment, Judiciary and Courts, States On
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“Make one solid case, one solid point for why this should go through.” — Jeanne Crumly

Several perspectives.

BRADSHAW, Neb. — The pipeline opposition here looks nothing like the dispute that emerged last year over the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, where thousands of demonstrators erected a protest camp near a Native American reservation. There, the National Guard was mobilized, and hundreds of protesters faced arrest.

So far there have been no mass encampments on the Nebraska prairie, no tense standoffs with the police, no highway blockades. But Jane Kleeb, a leader of the pipeline opposition, said the more muted tactics in Nebraska should not be mistaken for a lack of organization or tepid sentiments.

Opponents here managed to delay Keystone XL for years during the Obama administration, challenging state permitting rules and drawing national attention to the pipeline. They have fought with lawsuits and testified about legislation. Here on the Harrington farm, activists built a small solar- and wind-powered barn on the side of a dirt highway, right along the proposed path of Keystone XL. They see it as both a physical barrier to construction and a blunt statement about clean energy.

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