Gering council votes to support XL pipeline

The Gering city council voted seven to one Monday night to support construction of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline.

Council member Jill mcFarland cast the lone no vote, maintaining there were still too many unanswered questions about the project and the council did not have the authority to take a position on it without knowing how its constituents felt.

Councilman Dan Smith maintained the pipeline was needed to provide energy independence for the country. He also claimed TransCanada and the legislature had worked out most of the environmental concerns when the pipeline route was moved away from the sensitive Sandhills area. Smith said it is time for the state and the federal government to issue the permits necessary to begin construction.

The letter of support will be mailed to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, Governor Dave Heineman and the White House.

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