Stand Up for the Sandhills

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline route will go through 300 miles of Nebraska, 92 miles cutting across the Sandhills. The pipeline will cross over the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides 78% of drinking water and 83% of irrigation water for Nebraskans, their livestock and crops.
The U.S. State Department’s environmental review concluded the project has “limited adverse environmental impacts.” It’s evident they don't fully understand the uniqueness and fragility of the Sandhills region. Moreover, the Ogallala Aquifer is the most important source of water in the High Plains, providing a vast majority of the water for residential, industrial, and agricultural use in the region.

Fortunately, Nebraskans have opportunities to stand up for our water and soil as well as our family farms, ranches and rural communities. First, call your state Senator to support a special session to enact rules and guidelines that give Nebraskans the power to reroute the pipeline – 33 Senators are needed to call a special session so everyone’s voice is crucial.

Next, make a difference by attending one of the State Department's hearings on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The State Department needs to hear Nebraska voices that oppose constructing the pipeline through the Sandhills.

The meetings will be held Tuesday, September 27 in Lincoln at the Pershing Center from 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; and Thursday, September 29 in Atkinson at the West Holt High School from 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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