If the recent drought should teach us anything, it's that we need to take care of the water. This simple fact seems to have eluded Gov. Dave Heineman, given his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline route.

The new route still looks like it is too close to the Sandhills, and I don't believe the aftermath of an oil spill has been fully addressed. We have heard about the safeguards and warning systems TransCanada is building into the pipeline. Well, what happens to the oil that's in the pipeline that is caught between the shutoff point and the break? How does TransCanada propose to keep the oil from hitting the ground?

As far as the Keystone having a minimal environmental impact in Nebraska, that only applies if you don't live where the oil spill occurs, for example, the governor's mansion. If you live where the spill occurs, it's a disaster.

Bob Servedio, Lincoln

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