Keystone hearings dish dirt
LInCOLn, neb. — Hearings for transCanada Corp.’s us$8-billion Keystone XL proposal in nebraska focused on granular details of the project tuesday, specifically the alberta-to-texas pipeline’s impact on the dirt and soil in the state.
Lawyers for landowners opposed to the project grilled transCanada experts on whether Keystone XL would permanently affect the soil in nebraska and whether it would affect the yield of crops such as corn.
approximately 50 landowners attending the nebraska Public service Commission hearings audibly groaned at one point when transCanada soils expert John Beaver said the responsibility for the line would revert to the landowners at the end of the project’s commercial life after 50 years of operations.
“I believe it reverts to the landowner,” Beaver said.
If the commission recommends Keystone XL is in the public interest of the state by the end of november, construction could begin in 2018, wrap up two years later, and deliver 830,000 barrels of oil per day between alberta and u.s. gulf Coast refineries for half a century.
a contentious issue in nebraska is whether Keystone XL will impact the state’s sand Hills.
earl Miller, who owns land in Holt County where he grows hay and raises cattle, said his land consists of “very porous sand.” the issue with the soil, Miller said, is it’s so porous that oil spilled in the area can seep down deeper than expected into the ground.