Adrian Smith needs to take a stand, for once, against big business. He needs to speak out and oppose TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline and its proposed route through the Sandhills.
The Sandhills are unique; there is nothing like them in the entire world. I was born in Burwell and love them like Catherine and Heathcliff loved the moors of England in "Wuthering Heights." The Sandhills are why I moved back to Nebraska following a two-year sojourn in Rapid City, S.D.
The farmers and ranchers Smith purports to represent will be devastated by this pipeline. The affected landowners will be harmed forever when they lose grass they can't replant after Keystone tears up the ground.
Our ranchers have been working the land for over a century, and I have heard directly from them how difficult it is to re-establish grass in the wispy, wind-blown soils of the Sandhills. The rest of us will pay dearly when our water source is contaminated following a leak.
Has Smith driven the Sandhills in a wet spring? How in the world will TransCanada be able to stop, repair and mitigate a leak when its heavy trucks sink to their axles in the "quicksand"? Catastrophe will result.
I urge Rep. Smith to show some sand, to save the sand, and our water that flows 7 to 8 inches below it.
Jeremiah J. Luebbe, Broken Bow