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Pipeline hearing: Hours of cheers, jeers, testimonyTell North Platte what you think
Photo by Mary Anne Andrei ­ Bold Nebraska
Nebraska landowners Amy Schaffer and Ben Gotschall raise armbands in objection to pro pipeline speeches.
Photo by Mary Anne Andrei ­ Bold Nebraska
View of the crowd

GRAND ISLAND Well organized groups of people flew across the country and traveled icy roads during a spring storm Thursday to attend a rowdy public hearing on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Some got their message across in slam poetry, others used songs and prayer, according to a Nebraska Watchdog report.

The hearing, held by the U.S. State Department, lasted 11 hours. Opponents outnumbered supporters by 12-1, according to the opposition group Bold Nebraska.

Well organized opponents wore red and white shirts and stood in support of speakers. Supporters, many of them union workers, were also organized. They wore orange, green and blue shirts representing welders, fitters and plumbers who would build the pipeline, according to the Watchdog report.

When supporters spoke, opponents held up black armbands to voice their disagreement.

Opponents have submitted 800,000 written comments to the State Department, said Jane Kleeb, the leader of Bold Nebraska.

For a good report by Deena Winter of Nebraska Watchdog, click HERE.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/19/2013
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