The fight over Keystone XL pipeline continues Wednesday with hearing

Posted at 9:04 PM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 22:04:54-04

The fight over Nebraska's water and better access to oil continues in Central Nebraska Wednesday.

For more than 7 hours, the Nebraska Public Service Commission held a public meeting in York.

More than 100 people spoke for and against the pipeline.

President trump approved the route about one month ago but Nebraska is still the only state without an approved route for Transcanada.

Those for the Keystone XL say it would create jobs and is a safe way to transport crude oil.

Landowners and people against it say it would actually transport tar-sand, would pollute the Ogalalla Aquifer, and Nebraska land owners don't benefit from having it taken through eminent domain.

Farmer Art Tanderup of Neligh says he should be planting corn today.

"But yet this is more important than that to me because if we allow this pipeline to go through and it leaks and it gets into our aquifer it can't be cleaned up and nobody near that leak is going to be farming," said Art Tanderup, Neligh landowner.

TransCanada didn't speak at the meeting but wanted landowners to know they're not taking anyone's land and they're building a safe pipeline.

"We are building a state of the art pipeline system that will be monitored around the clock and one of the questions we continue to hear is that landowners are under the impression they're the one's responsible for cleanup and that is absolutely false," said Terry Cunha, TransCanada Senior Manager.

The PSC announced there will be another meeting at a date that has yet to be determined.

The full hearing will happen in August in Lincoln where they'll listen to evidence and have a public comment portion, and will last four days. A decision will be made in November.