Pipeline Backers, Opponents Meet Again in Congressional Hearing


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Supporters and opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska squared off again in a congressional hearing.

The hearing on Thursday was called by U.S. Rep. Lee Terry, a Nebraska Republican who supports the hotly disputed project. Opponents are urging President Barack Obama to deny a federal permit for the proposed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline, saying it doesn't serve U.S. energy interests and threatens Nebraska landowners.

Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Dennis Houston testified that the first Keystone pipeline in Nebraska provided an economic boost to his area during the five-month construction period.

Jane Kleeb, executive director of Bold Nebraska, argued that the project poses an unnecessary risk to Nebraskans with no long-term benefits. Kleeb says many of the jobs for the initial pipeline went to out-of-state workers.

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