Nebraska Governor Tells Feds Keystone XL Route Unsafe

The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route is unsafe, and the federal government’s environmental risk analysis is wrongly optimistic. That’s the assessment of Nebraska Republican Governor Dave Heineman who today sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

He was unusually blunt, having previously avoided taking a firm position. “I am opposed to the proposed route of this pipeline,” he wrote.

Regarding the controversial State Department analysis that gave the environmental ‘all clear,’ the governor sided with conservation groups, saying he disagrees with the analysis and it contention that it poses little risk to the Ogallala Aquifer.

Read his letter here: NE GOV OPPOSES KXL ROUTE

Tar sands are a highly polluting and destructive fossil fuel mined in Alberta, Canada. The pipeline would route the fuels under 2,000 miles of the U.S. heartland.