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  •  A couple of things, from Nebraska (18+ / 0-)

    I live in Grand Island, in central Nebraska. We are within about 60 miles of the new pipeline route. Grand Island is not only the irrigation center of Nebraska, it is also considered the gateway to the Sandhills. The Sandhills as outlined by the map Keystone is using are that portion of the Sandhills with surface or near surface water. That is not the entire area we think of as Sandhills. If you don't live here the confusion is understandable. More than just the Sandhills, the more serious issue is the Ogalalla aquifer. That is a deeper aquifer that is used over a wide area for water for people as well as irrigation. Any threat to that aquifer if considered very serious to the people who live here.

    The problem with a tar sands spill is that tar sand reacts far differently that "regular" crude oil. The tar sands spill near the Kalamazoo river in Michigan is the best example of what happens with tar sand. It does not "float" on water where it can be relatively easily cleaned up. It sinks. Attempts to remove it from the Kalamazoo river found it to be nearly impossible to clean up. They have pretty much decided to leave it on the bottom of the river rather than "disturb" it and further pollute the river. This would be an unfathomable disaster in the Ogalalla Aquifer.

    Of interest, as conservative as this area is, Channel 5 in Hastings did a completely unscientific online poll yesterday asking if the new pipeline route was acceptable. As of 10:00 PM last night it was running at 60% against the new route. Given that the usual result of these polls is about 2/3 to 3/4 for the generally conservative (and/or the Anti-Obama) position, this is a truly amazing result. A local group has a meeting Sunday and I'm sure we'll be talking about what we can do now. One of our members lives in the Sandhills, less than a mile from the original Keystone route. Some people here are ready to lay in front of the bulldozers if it comes to that. This is very serious to the people who live here.

    I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, as only one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity. Dwight D. Eisenhower

    by Bob the old soldier on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 05:35:38 PM PDT

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      libnewsie, Magnifico, DawnN

      Might try turning it into a diary in itself; put a good anti-Keystone headline on it and you should get some viewers.

      I say this because I'm an intensive DK reader and have not seen your point about the heaviness of the stuff made anywhere and it is crucial.

      I'm in the Pacific Northwest, but recall my father speaking of his family driving up to Grand Island from Hastings in the summer in the 1930s to sit by the river and picnic on beans and other simple stuff. He would have loved your group.

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