Over the last few months, the Keystone XL pipeline has become a national controversy. While environmental groups led by activist Bill McKibben's 350.org protest the pipeline's expansion from Cushing, Oklahoma to Alberta, Canada, Congressional Republicans are pushing for the Obama Administration's approval.
Last week, the State Department released an environmental review of the pipeline, finding that it would have little impact on greenhouse gas emissions. House Speaker John Boehner told a news conference yesterday, "We build pipelines everywhere in America every day. Do you realize there are 200,000 miles of pipelines in the United States? There's nothing complex about the Keystone pipeline—it's time to build it.”
Part of the Keystone pipeline is already up and running, from Cushing, Oklahoma to Port Arthur, Texas. The section of the pipeline that requires approval from the Obama Administration would run from Alberta, Canada, through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska, on down to Cushing.
With the national debate in the headlines, The Takeaway wanted to hear from the local communities in the pipeline's path. Three reporters examine the impact of the proposed pipeline: Mose Buchele, a state impact reporter for KUT in Austin, Texas; Katie Schubert, news director for KIOS Omaha, and Joe Wertz, a state impact reporter in Norman, Oklahoma.