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Fischer expresses support for Keystone Pipeline

State Sen. Deb Fischer — a Republican contender for the U.S. Senate — expressed support for TransCanada’s controversial oil pipeline during a televised meeting with local officials in North Platte.

Fischer said during the meeting that she would tell people concerned about the pipeline running through the sandhills, “We build roads in the sandhills… they recover. It’s how you manage it.”

A campaign spokesman told me today Fischer supports building the Keystone XL pipeline, but hasn’t committed to the currently proposed route that goes over the Ogallala Aquifer.

Later today, Sen. Fischer released the following statement on the pipeline:

As I have stated consistently over the past three years, I share many of the concerns expressed by Nebraskans across the state regarding the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. For that reason I have worked with constituents and landowners to find answers to their questions.

At this point I have received Senator Dubas’s proposed legislation and am thoroughly reviewing that bill. I have received additional communication from Senator Dubas that she is also researching questions about her proposed bill.

Today, TransCanada sent a letter to Speaker Mike Flood that offers additional safety measures for the currently proposed route. I will thoroughly review that proposal before making further comment.


Does TransCanada have the right to take your land?

New York Times does a nice job exploring the issue of whether TransCanada can legally “take” land in the United States even though it’s a foreign company and hasn’t yet gotten a permit for its oil pipeline from the State Department.

Randy Thompson — of “Stand with Randy” fame — is featured in the photo and lead of the New York Times story, because he’s one of many individuals fighting TransCanada’s use of eminent domain to take their land.

Yes, it’s quite legal for a company — even a foreign company — to come to your house one day and tell you they’re going to take some of your land to build an oil pipeline. Or an oil well, for that matter.

Don’t believe it? The Times explains the issue here.


Joel Sartore shares harrowing experience in Africa

Lincoln’s own Joel Sartore shares the life-threatening experience he had in Africa earlier this year:
Africa’s Albertine Rift – A Special Essay by Joel Sartore – National Geographic Magazine.

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