Supporters and opponents debate Keystone Pipeline

More than seven and a half hours of testimony is planned into tonight (Thursday) in Grand Island by the U.S. State Department into the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. The department will eventually make a recommendation to the president on whether to proceed with the project. In early testimony today (Thursday) Nebraska property owner Randy Thompson said he was there to help defend the property rights of Nebraska landowners.

Representatives of Native American Indian tribes were the first to testify against the project. One treaty council representative, Armando L. Iron Elk Sr., said some consider the trespassing on treaty territory as an act of war against the Sioux nation.

Supporters claim the pipeline will provides America with energy independence and jobs.

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