Television and cable talk-show host Ed Schultz plans to be in Nebraska Friday to speak with people directly affected by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Anti-pipeline group Bold Nebraska says Schultz and his MSNBC "The Ed Show" crew will be at the Build Our Energy Barn near Bradshaw at 9 a.m. to meet with farmers and ranchers concerned about the prospect of TransCanada, the company responsible for the pipeline, using eminent domain to build on their land.

Pipeline foes erected the barn last fall on Terri Harrington's land directly in the path of the proposed $7 billion pipeline, which would carry about 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada's oil sands and from the U.S. Bakken shale formations south to Steele City, where it would connect with existing pipelines.

TransCanada is waiting on a federal permit for the 1,179-mile northern leg of the pipeline. The U.S. State Department recently released a pipeline environmental impact study, in which both supporters and foes found points to rally around. 

The release kicked off comment periods, 30 days for the public and 90 days for federal agencies. It then goes to Secretary of State John Kerry, who will give President Barack Obama his recommendation on whether the pipeline is in the national interest and should proceed.

TransCanada and its allies are pushing for a quick decision by the Obama administration. The issue likely will be a hot-button topic going into the November midterm elections, which has led some commentators to speculate the decision could be put off until after then.

The left-leaning Schultz has come out in favor of the pipeline, much to the chagrin of environmental groups and others who oppose its construction.

On his MSNBC show, Schultz recently confirmed plans to be in Nebraska Friday.

A representative of the show could not be reached for comment.

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