Dozens testify for and against Keystone XL Pipeline


KETV NEWSWATCH 7’S TAYLOR BARTH IS LIVE TONIGHT IN YORK WHERE THE HEARING IS STILL GOING ON. TAYLOR: THE HEARING, AS YOU SAID , IS STILL GOING ON. NEARLY 150 PEOPLE PACKED THE HOLTUS CONVENTION CENTER TO GIVE EMOTIONAL PLEAS WHY THE PIPELINE WOULD BE GOOD FOR STATE AND COUNTRY, AND WHY IT COULD HUGE MISTAKE.>>GOOD MORNING.>>BUSLOADS OF OPPONENTS FROM O’NEILL AND OTHER AREAS AFFECTED BY THE ROUTE ALONG WITH UNION WORKERS FROM OMAHA AND IOWA LINE UP TO SPEAK OUT.>>GOT YOUR KEYS AND CELLPHONE OUT –>>THEY ARE GREETED WITH HEAVY SECURITY AS THEY ENTER THE CONVENTION CENTER WHERE THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION SET ASIDE 10 HOURS OF TESTIMONY.>>THESE ARE THE TYPE OF JOBS NOT ENOUGH AMERICANS GET A CHANCE TO ENJOY. TAYLOR: UNION WORKERS TALK ABOUT THE 5500 JOBS THE PIPELINE WOULD BRING. CREATING A $300 MILLION IMPACT IN NEBRASKA, BUT OPPONENTS PAINT A DIFFERENT PICTURE ABOUT RISKS TO THE WATER AND LAND.>>WE HAD HELL BETTER PROTECTING THE LARGEST FRESH AQUIFER IN THE WORLD. TAYLOR: AND A FOREIGN COMPANY BEING ABLE TO USE EMMINENT DOMAIN TO FORCE LAND OWNERS AND SIGN CONTRACTS. BILL DONOVAN, WHO HAS LAND ON THE ROUTE, SAYS HE WAS THREATENED TO SIGN WHAT HE CALLS A BAD DEAL.>>NEAR MCCOOL JUNCTION, THESE TERMS RESEMBLE MORE SURRENDER A COUNTRY SIGNS WHEN THEY SIGN AFTER LOSING A WAR TAYLOR: MEANWHILE, SOME CONTEND IT WILL BE THE SAFEST WAY TO TRANSPORT OIL. OTHERS SAY THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THE OIL WILL END UP IN THE U.S. AND IT IS TOO BIG A RISK. DO WE WANT TO BE A TAR SANDS>>INTERSTATE IN NEBRASKA? I DON’T THINK SO. TAYLOR THE COMMISSION IS LOOKING : AT OTHER LOCATIONS FOR MEETINGS WHERE PEOPLE CAN SPEAK OR VOICE CONCERNS. THERE WERE ALSO BE A FIVE-DAY PUBLIC HEARING IN AUGUST WHERE TRANSCANADA AND LANDOWNERS CAN PRESENT EVIDENCE AND MAKE THEIR CASES. A PUBLIC COMMENT PORTION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THAT MEETING AS

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