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Opponents carve anti-pipeline message into field

Hundreds Of Arrests Made After Protests Over Keystone XL

NELIGH, Neb. (AP) - Opponents of a proposed pipeline to carry Canadian oil south to the Gulf Coast have carved a message of resistance into a Nebraska field in the project's path.

The 80-acre artwork, which was done last week and reads "Heartland#NoKXL," is the latest protest environmentalists and landowners have employed against TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Critics of the pipeline want President Barack Obama to reject the project because they fear it could contaminate groundwater and contribute to pollution.

TransCanada has said the pipeline will have upgraded safety measures, including remote control shut-off valves and frequent inspections. It has already built the southern leg of the pipeline between Oklahoma and Texas.

The section of the project that still needs approval would cross Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

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John April 13 2014 at 11:21 PM


Read the TRUTH !! There are more articles on the site. Keystone a joke bad for America.

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bcrnbs2 John April 14 2014 at 4:54 AM

yes, more jobs for people, lower gas prices for peoplle, moving amrican ahead, yea bad for american, less keep going the lib way, free health care, free cell phones, more welfare, and more gov control of our lives... from the cradle to the grave, let the liberal and gov control your ever move.

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teapartyisdying.uall bcrnbs2 April 14 2014 at 7:53 AM

The American Jobs Act would've provided more jobs than the Keystone pipeline but the block head TPGOP blocked it. It would've provided millions of jobs repairing our crumbling infrastructure. We used to be number 1 in the world when it came to our infrastructure now we're 18th in the world. What way to put millions of people back to work along with our returning vets.

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rogue2474 April 14 2014 at 3:21 AM

GOP governors are putting in illegal imminent domain claims to take property for the pipeline. That should be a major offense to baggers yet they love the Keystobe XL ...go figure. Stupid goes a long way!

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bcrnbs2 rogue2474 April 14 2014 at 4:56 AM

yea, we like it,,, cause we work we dont whine and cry for free cells, free health care, more gov ment to take care of us..... we like it... you friggin whimp

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teapartyisdying.uall bcrnbs2 April 14 2014 at 7:45 AM

Yeah, the TPGOP loves to give free corporate welfare to those who really don't need it.

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jdshuttleworth rogue2474 April 14 2014 at 7:41 AM

rogue, Stupid goes a long way, never sleeps, can't be fixed, readily propagates.

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bgr200 April 14 2014 at 1:22 AM

They have support across the country......Lets not pollute the air and spill oil in the rivers and on the crop lands of the United States so that Canadian tar sands Companies can make billions selling gasoline to developing countries.

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Wm Selk April 13 2014 at 7:34 PM

Fact: None of this oil will ever be used in the US.

It will only benefit the Canadian Oil Fields and the Texas refiners.

If it is so safe, send it through Canada....they benefit most.

Keep it OFF my Kansas Farm Land...

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rpear23456 Wm Selk April 13 2014 at 8:23 PM

Why did I know you were a hick?

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Wm Selk rpear23456 April 13 2014 at 10:41 PM

This "Hick" has lived far away for over 50 years, but I will always treasure the family land and the water below it. Hard to believe I even pay Kansas Income Tax as a non-resident, so yes, I have a stake in the argument even though I can look out my window at the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Sandee April 13 2014 at 6:03 PM

We The People will see no benefit to this pipeline. It has nothing to do with our gas prices. The oil would be piped to a Texas refinery and be shipped to China. The only people who benefit are the Koch brothers and oil companies. Canadian provinces have already refused to let it run through their land because of the risk. So why should we ruin our land and water to benefit the Koch's, the oil companies and China. The tar sand oil is highly toxic and when they leak our land and water will be ruined forever. Even the Valdez oil spill is still having an effect 25 years later and it wasn't even tar sand. BP has yet to finish the mess they made in the gulf and people are still waiting on their claims to be paid. The jobs? Temporary jobs. When the pipeline is built these jobs are gone. When are we going to stop feeding the rich at the expense of our planet and our future. Democrats get out and vote in mid-terms and help us fight to save our land, air and water.

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rookwood2 Sandee April 13 2014 at 7:25 PM

Walk to the voting polls, since there is no gas for your car.

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lisa_lajoie April 13 2014 at 6:05 PM

US oil production has surpassed many countries and will be number one by 2016. We do not need this pipeline. Putting this pipeline will destroy land and cause environmental hazards. Look at the recent oil spills in Alberta, Canada -- they are still in the process of cleaning it up.

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ajschrod April 13 2014 at 11:05 PM

There is no real reason for the pipeline. Middle eastern oil should be for China and Canadian oil for use in the U.S. --in other words, refine it in N. Dakota along with our own crude. A little common sense goes a long way.

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dale April 13 2014 at 10:39 PM

so. . .why don't they build it east to west in Canada? I'll tell you why. The Canadians won' t let em! Why? Because the Canadians know the pipeline will pollute their water and they actually love and care about their kids

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rogue2474 dale April 14 2014 at 3:18 AM

The company that is building already has one of their people outing them on their safety failures.

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teapartyisdying.uall April 13 2014 at 8:47 PM

More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades, federal data show

WASHINGTON — More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents last year than was spilled in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, an analysis of the data shows.

Including major derailments in Alabama and North Dakota, more than 1.15 million gallons of crude oil was spilled from rail cars in 2013, according to data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

By comparison, from 1975 to 2012, U.S. railroads spilled a combined 800,000 gallons of crude oil. The spike underscores new concerns about the safety of such shipments as rail has become the preferred mode for oil producers amid a North American energy boom.

The federal data does not include incidents in Canada where oil spilled from trains. Canadian authorities estimate that more than 1.5 million gallons of crude oil spilled in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on July 6, when a runaway train derailed and exploded, killing 47 people. The cargo originated in North Dakota.

Nearly 750,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a train on Nov. 8 near Aliceville, Ala. The train also originated in North Dakota and caught fire after it derailed in a swampy area. No one was injured or killed.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration doesn’t yet have spill data from a Dec. 30 derailment near Casselton, N.D. But the National Transportation Safety Board, which is the lead investigator in that incident, estimates that more than 400,000 gallons of crude oil were spilled there. Though no one was injured or killed, the intense fire forced most of Casselton’s 2,400 residents to evacuate in subzero temperatures.

The Association of American Railroads, an industry group, estimates that railroads shipped 400,000 carloads of crude oil last year. That’s more than 11.5 billion gallons, with one tank car holding roughly 28,800 gallons.

Last year’s total spills of 1.15 million gallons means that 99.99 percent of shipments arrived without incident, close to the safety record the industry and its regulators claim about hazardous materials shipments by rail.

But until just a few years ago, railroads weren’t carrying crude oil in 80- to 100-car trains. In eight of the years between 1975 and 2009, railroads reported no spills of crude oil. In five of those years, they reported spills of one gallon or less.

In 2010, railroads reported spilling about 5,000 gallons of crude oil, according to federal data. They spilled fewer than 4,000 gallons each year in 2011 and 2012. But excluding the Alabama and North Dakota derailments, more than 11,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from trains last year.

Last week, the principal Washington regulators of crude oil shipments by rail met with railroad and oil industry representatives to discuss making changes to how crude is shipped by rail, from tank car design to operating speed to appropriate routing. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called the meeting productive and said the group would take a comprehensive approach to improving the safety of crude-oil trains.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/01/20/215143/more-oil-spilled-from-trains-in.html#storylink=cpy

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sfbmoore April 13 2014 at 6:06 PM

Lets see....fracking causes earthquakes. Its been proven. Earthquakes cause damage and death to others. Are we interested in upsetting the earth and causing earthquakes in order for the Koch brothers to make another fortune?

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