LINCOLN — Eighteen Nebraskans opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline have invited President Obama to a Beef and Beer Summit to talk about their concerns with the controversial pipeline.
The opponents wrote to counter a letter sent to the president last month by 18 United States senators.
The bipartisan group of senators, which included Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican, urged Obama’s support for the pipeline and requested to meet with him.
The opponents’ letter said they, too, are bipartisan.
“While none of us carry a prestigious nametag other than farmer, rancher, mom, dad, grandma or grandpa, we too represent the concerns of a lot (of) folks here at home,” they said.
The opponents said the proposed pipeline carries inherent risk and “could have a profound effect on the citizens and resources of Nebraska.”
Obama last year denied a permit for the pipeline, citing concern for Nebraska’s ecologically sensitive Sand Hills area. Trans-Canada, the company wanting to build the line, has since proposed a new route through Nebraska that avoids the Sand Hills. The new route is under review by state officials.
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