Supporters Tout Benefits of Pipeline

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

State senator Jim Smith says the math is simple.

" We have to make certain we have an adequate supply of low-cost energy in order to supply and fuel economic growth," Smith said.

Which he also believes will be fueled - by the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

" As all Nebraskans, I have strong concerns about maintaining the environmental interest of Nebraska, but also I want to protect business interest," Smith said.

And in protecting those interests, supporters say thousands of jobs are secured for the state. They also say the pipeline will lower gas prices.

"What the pipeline will do, it will bring 700,000 barrels of oil down to the refineries, it is oil that is not reaching those refineries today, it will have an immediate impact," Consumer Energy Alliance Executive Vice President Michael Whatley said.

But that's if the Canadian pipeline is even approved to cross the border. About 3-dozen congressman want to stop it from coming here. They question how safe it is. About 2,100 gallons of tar sands oil spilled in Kansas Sunday from a pipeline that was built about a year ago.

" Safety is very important to Transcanada. We don't want to contaminate the environment, we just want to be able to move product to consumers," Association of Oil Pipelines CEO Andy Black said.

Which supporters said, is better for everyone.

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