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>> The fate of the Keystone XL pipeline hanging in the balance Monday as officials in Nebraska begin hearings on whether the controversial oil project backed by President Trump can run through their state. Nebraska, the final hurdle for Keystone after nearly a decade of environmental protests and legal wrangling over the pipeline linking Canada's oil sands to refineries in the American South.
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Keystone's fate coming down to whether the state's five member public service commission decides the pipeline is in the "public interest". Valerie Volcovici is on the story.>> There are a couple of things that the public service commission has excluded from its consideration of what's in the public interest.
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And a couple of them are pretty surprising, including the environmental impacts of the pipeline cuz they feel that that has already been considered by federal authorities. Instead, the commission is limiting its focus to issues surrounding the pipelines route, including the impact on property values.>> I'm pleased to announce the official approval-
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>> In March, Trump reversing former President Obama's order that would have killed the project. But opponents in Nebraska aren't giving up. Among those set to testify is ranchers and farmers along the proposed path who say if the commission gives the okay, Keystone's builder TransCanada could try to seize their lands under eminent domain.
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>> Especially in a red state like Nebraska, which is an agricultural state, the idea that a foreign entity can come in and take private land from these landowners is very concerning. A lot of the landowners fighting these battles have had the farms in their families possession for decades and decades.
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>> Their lawyer, David Domina, on Monday proposing an alternative.>> Did I think the commission should know that this root, if they want to approve it, doesn't have to be perpetual. It can be timed some how to the life of the machine and then the land can go back to the families.
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>> The Trump White House says the pipeline would employ 28,000 but a 2014 State Department study projected it would create only 35 permanent jobs. Nebraska's Keystone hearings expected to run all week with a decision due on the pipeline by November.