You've probably heard some talk about the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline that will bring oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. It is routed to run through Nebraska. The governor of Nebraska, Dave Heineman, is opposed to the current route because it travels over the Ogallala Aquifer which supplies eastern Nebraska with clean drinking water. As you can see from the map; Phase 1, is the original keystone pipeline that is complete and began pumping oil in June 2010. It skirts the eastern edge of the Ogallala Aquifer. The new proposed XL pipeline would cut directly over the heart of the aquifer.
There have been Television ads from both sides on this issue. TransCanada the oil company is of course in favor of it, as are unions and many smaller towns near the route that see this 7 billion dollar project as a boost to the economy. Governor Dave Heineman and Senator Ben Nelson have both been on TV recommending the pipeline be rerouted. The U.S. State Department is holding public hearings in Nebraska this week and is expected to issue a permit for the project before the end of the year.
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5 things you need to know - A good summary of the issue