Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns wants Keystone pipeline rejected
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska) joined the Republican governor of his home state, Dave Heineman, in calling on President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today released the following statement in support of Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s request to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to deny the proposed route for the Keystone XL pipeline:
“I support Governor Heineman’s request that President Obama and Secretary Clinton deny the current application from TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline along a route crossing Nebraska’s Sand Hills and the center of the Ogallala Aquifer,” said Johanns. “The proposed route is the wrong route. It’s clear to me, after traveling throughout the state, that most Nebraskans agree a better route is needed.
“Amid much discussion about authorities, one thing is irrefutable and that is the State Department’s authority to approve or reject TransCanada’s current permit application. The Governor has now unequivocally stated that the application should be denied; I agree. TransCanada should be forced to select a more appropriate pipeline route.”
The pipeline would go through Nebraska, right over the top of the Ogalala aquifer, one of the largest and most vital groundwater deposits in the world.