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Commissioners take 'no action' on Keystone XL Pipeline support letter

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Scotts Bluff County Commissioners took no action on sending a letter to Washington in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
 
During Monday night's meeting, it was on the agenda that the commissioners would consider signing a letter of support.

Daniel Bennett, a representative for Heartland Expressway, was for the Keystone XL Pipeline and presented a letter to the commissioners.

But nearly 20 protesters including a nurse, wildlife photographer, and mother and daughter told the commissioners they shouldn't send a letter representing the county because not all residents supported the pipeline.
 
"You are the representatives," said Kethera Moran of Scottsbluff. "So you should accurately represent the people in the community. If you have that evidence that the local landowners support it then go ahead and send the letter but I don't think you have that evidence."
 
Former commissioner Willard Kamerzel of Gering also opposed sending a letter. "We have enough sickness already, we don't need anymore of this sickness from the tar sands of that oil."
 
During the conversation Commissioner Steve Stratton said that water supply in Scotts Bluff County would not be impacted by the pipeline.

"The comment that she made that decimating the aquifer would affect our irrigation. Our irrigation water doesn't come from the Ogallala aquifer."
 
Commissioner Ken Meyer said he heard what the opponents were voicing and that he would consider reading more on the XL Pipeline.

"I'm assuming that everybody in Scotts Bluff County is for that pipeline in eastern Nebraska. I don't that. I have my own personal opinion of what I would like to see. I don't know if I share that with my fellow commissioners."
 
The commissioners decided if they send a letter, it will be as individual and not as a board.

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