Family Fights Pipeline

"Get that thing out of here." That's how the Moller family in Merrick County, NE feels about the proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

If built, the pipeline would cut across their property, which includes a small lake.

The area around the lake is about as rural and peaceful and back-to-nature as you can get, a place where kids and cattle pretty much run and roam free.

"It's so peaceful and quiet and we all just love it," says the family.

But their main concern if the pipeline gets built: "It's eventually going to rust out and leak." Leak into the lake, they believe.

1011 news asked TransCanada if they can move the pipeline route along the existing Keystone line.

"If you were to try to run it over to the east, you would also strand the U.S. oil that will be loaded onto the Keystone system in Montana," said a spokesperson for TransCanada.

The company also said, "It would be far more environmentally disruptive. You would disturb far more land."

Meanwhile, the Mollers remain unconvinced of the pipe's safety and worry what will happen decades from now or perhaps earlier.

"This will be handed down to the children and grandchildren, great grandchildren. We want to keep it in the family."

For now, the Mollers and many, many others across Nebraska await the decision on whether Keystone XL gets the go-ahead or is ditched for good.


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