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Solar panel campaign against Keystone XL pipeline

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Protestors in Nebraska (USA) are attempting to block the Keystone XL pipeline expansion project by installing solar panels along their land where the pipeline route is set to pass through.

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline would transport 800 000 bpd of crude oil from Alberta (Canada) to Nebraska, before connecting to the already operational Keystone pipeline.

The pipeline was previously vetoed by the Obama administration, before being revived in January 2017 by President Trump.

Farm owners and ranchers are installing solar panels on their stretches of land as part of the Solar XL campaign. The campaign attempts to draw attention to renewable energy instead of hydrocarbons.

Nebraska landowner, Bob Allpress, intends to install the panels on this property, arguing that the pipeline is unnecessary. He stated: “The need for the Keystone XL pipeline product is non-existent in the US. […] The monetary benefit to the peoples of Nebraska will be gone in seven years, while the risks to our state are for the life of this pipeline. The installation of wind and solar production in Nebraska will provide many good Nebraska jobs and provide years of cheap electricity for everyone in our great state.”

Alpress also argues that the pipeline could be detrimental to the environment and water supplies. "We have five potable water wells that provide water to the cattle and our own drinking water […] If the pipeline breaks, it would take out us and people all the way down to the Missouri River," he said.

A formal legal hearing on the pipeline project is set to take place on 7 August. The Nebraska Public Service Commission will then determine whether or not to approve the proposed Nebraskan route.

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