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Opponents of Keystone XL Pipeline relieved as the project comes to an end

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 9:39 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - TC Energy has officially announced they are ending their Keystone XL Pipeline project.

The Nebraska Democratic Chair Jane Kleeb and her group of what she calls a mix of democrats, republicans, independents and tribes have been fighting to end the project for about ten years now. Kleeb told Local4 News she started crying when she heard the news it was finally over.

President Joe Biden canceled the company’s permit when he first took office and after Canadian officials couldn’t convince him to change his mind, they decided to cancel the pipeline all together.

Trans Canada energy said it will now work with government agencies to ensure a safe termination of and exit from the partially built pipeline.

“This has been an entire roller coaster of emotions for the past 10 years so to say that not only myself, but farmers, ranchers and tribes are happy that we can finally do this deep exhale that the project is finally over is such a relief,” Kleeb said.

While this fight is over now, she said they’re ready to continue fighting to make sure this never gets close to happening again.

“We are going to go in court to make sure that landowners that are still being dragged into court by TransCanada that we file paperwork for the judge to essentially say that those lawsuits are now null and void,” Kleeb said. “We are going to urge our state senators to finally pass a law that says private corporations, especially foreign ones, cannot use eminent domain for their private gain.”

Supporters of the pipeline say it would’ve brought in many new jobs and help the US be more independent from other countries by not needing to rely on them for oil.

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