Chadron council declines to take position on XL pipeline

The Chadron City Council has decided not to take a formal position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, whose proposed route crosses the eastern half of Nebraska from north to south.

Nebraska Northwest Development Corporation Executive Director Deb Cottier approached the council Monday night to approve letters supporting the Keystone XL for its economic development impact.

But Mayor Karin Fischer says she and the other council members didn't feel they knew enough about the details of the Keystone XL project to take a position pro or con. She also didn't feel Chadron residents had been given any time to make their feelings known on the project.

The request for letters of support to Governor Dave Heineman, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, and President Obama came from the Heartland Expressway Association and Ports to Plains Association, which made similar requests of all the Panhandle communities. The Gering city council approved the letters last week.

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