Keystone XL foes undaunted by State Department report
By GRANT SCHULTE Associated Press February 1, 2014 12:02PM
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2014 file photo Atkinson, Neb., rancher Bruce Boettcher, who opposes the Keystone XL pipeline, kicks up sand on his land, to demonstrate the fragility of the sand hills near the planned route of the pipeline. The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a major hurdle Friday, Jan. 31, 2015 as the U.S.State Department raised no major environmental objections to the controversial pipeline from Canada through the heart of the U.S. Republicans and some oil- and gas-producing states cheered, but the report further rankled environmentalists already at odds with President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — With another hurdle removed for the Keystone XL pipeline, opponents are pressing lawsuits challenging the project, plus public protests and campaigns to inject the issue into the 2014 elections.
Supporters and opponents are both claiming victories with the U.S. State Department report released Friday, which raised no major objections to the pipeline. The oil industry, some union groups and congressional Republicans called on President Barack Obama to move forward with the project, while a coalition of landowners and environmentalists say the president still has wiggle room to deny a federal permit.
Meanwhile, farmers and ranchers in Nebraska are planning to run for seats on a state board that would regulate power stations for the pipeline. And national activists say more than 75,000 volunteers are willing to participate in civil disobedience.