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Two tribes granted role in Keystone XL Pipeline review in Nebraska






A row of trees marks the site where a portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline crosses the Ponca Tribe's Trail of Tears near Neligh, Nebraska. Photo: Mark Hefflinger / Bold Nebraska

The Ponca Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe are among dozens of entities, groups and individuals that have been granted a role in the state of Nebraska's review of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The route crosses the Ponca Tribe's trail of forced removal and the Yankton Sioux Tribe's ancestral territory. Both will be able to address cultural, anthropological and historical issues as the Nebraska Public Service Commission reviews the controversial pipeline.

"Although the tribes assert no legally cognizable current possessory real property interest in the land on the proposed route, [state law] requires the commission to consider evidence of the social impacts of the project," the commission's March 31 order stated.

The preferred pipeline route runs 275.2 miles through the state. The path has not been formally approved even though President Donald Trump issued a permit to the Canadian company behind the project.

Read More on the Story:
State commission grants intervenor status in Keystone XL fight (KETV 3/31)
PSC approves nearly all petitions for KXL intervener status (The Lincoln Journal Star 3/31)

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