To The Editor:
Editorial about the Keystone XL Pipeline is extremely shortsighted and factually light. Your policy is to cast the issue as a political event, not a practical event, especially in the lives of those who would be affected by this pipeline. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue.
This issue is how this process started, who has had a right to be heard, and how the interests of a foreign global corporation has run roughshod over the rights of ordinary people, in particular those living in Nebraska. Nebraska is not a “blue state” but rather a state where staunch conservatives routinely vote republican. The mood there, however, has soured when it comes to the potential loss of property rights by hook, crook, and corporate decree. Nebraska is home to valuable farming land and one of the last pure aquafiers in the country.
These farmers and their families have been threatened with eminent domain, not by the “evil government” but by the owners of Keystone, a foreign corporation. These farmers and other citizens in their communities, have faced obstacles after obstacle to even know the text of the laws being proposed to force them to grant easement rights to toxic sludge that will not be put in our gas tanks upon refinement. That’s right … the refined product is for export, not for our domestic energy consumption.
What is at stake is the freedom of the farmers to raise crops unfettered by probable pollution of one of the most valuable aquifers in the United States. Yet these folks have been given no say in the process as legislation to limit or eliminate public input is part of the Keystone strategy. Perhaps your paper would be better served by looking directly at the lives of those affected by this project, not whether the Koch brother’s talking points are being obeyed.
It’s rather ironic that the same day of your editorial you report from the wire service that well water is possibly being poisoned by fracking in the Marcellus Shale area of Pennsylvania and surrounding states. When our corporate masters have ruined drinking water in the Plains states and the Eastern states, where do you think they will look for fresh drinking water? It’s out our back door.