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Diana Steskal rests her head on her husband Byron's shoulder as Nebraska Public Service Commissioners rise to leave following their vote approving the TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline "mainline alternative route" through the state Nov. 20 in Lincoln. The couple are landowners in the path of the pipeline.

ERIC GREGORY, Journal Star file photo

I’m deeply disappointed that Public Service Commissioners Rod Johnson, Frank Landis and Tim Schram voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

During childhood in Antelope County, I loved and respected the land. I could have never imagined then that what made Nebraska so beautiful would be put in grave danger someday.

As an Omahan, I long for warm summer nights spent “back home” fishing in a john-boat with my dad or my children. My kids chase skinks and snakes around the pasture and we love to wade and catch trout in the chilling Verdigre Creek. We appreciate the hum of nearby grain bins drying corn and love the smell of the crisp harvest air. In the winter, we ice fish and sip hot chocolate; we hike and search for deer antlers and hunt pheasants.

These Nebraskan sights, sounds and senses are now at risk of forever being changed and replaced by ravaging construction equipment and the odor of spilled poisonous chemicals. All these cherished resources and many more are mere miles from the proposed route.

Their lack of understanding and misrepresentation of constituents is inexcusable and their shameful, baseless decisions will potentially deprive my children of the experiences they love.

Ben Smith, Omaha

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