On the day before Christmas, the Grinch showed up outside the governor's house to urge him not to be "a mean one" by allowing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to travel over the Ogallala Aquifer.

The Grinch was joined Monday by Cindy Lou Who of Dr. Seuss fame and a small group of other pipeline route opponents at a frigid gathering near the gate of the Governor's residence to send a message to Gov. Dave Heineman to reject TransCanada's proposed new pipeline route through Nebraska.

Heineman needs to "honor his own words" and deny state approval for the revised pipeline route because it continues to travel across the aquifer, Ben Gotschall said.

Gotschall grew up on a cattle ranch in the Sandhills and is energy director of Bold Nebraska. Jane Kleeb, executive director of Bold Nebraska, organized Monday's event.

"The governor asked President Obama to deny the pipeline permit (for an earlier route across Nebraska) because of the risks to the aquifer," Gotschall said. The revised route continues to cross a portion of the aquifer, he said.

Heineman should join with other Nebraskans to "protect our land, our water, our homes," Gotschall said.

And, he said, the governor should place Nebraska concerns ahead of the interests of a foreign oil pipeline.

Among holiday gifts borne by the Grinch and Cindy Lou was a pair of flip flops, accompanied by a message urging Heineman not to "flip-flop on protecting the aquifer."

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