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TransCanada gets support from NE County


By Scott Harvey

Merrick County, Nebraska – A Nebraska county board is supporting the proposed pipeline to carry Canadian tar sands oil to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico, a move that would affect sections of East Texas.

The Merrick County Board voted Tuesday to write a letter of support for TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which is being reviewed by the U.S. State Department. The 1,700-mile project is designed to carry oil from Canada across Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

The State Department is currently accepting comments on its supplemental environmental report on the project that was issued earlier this month.

Earlier this week, a group of East Texans who oppose the project held a meeting educating citizens how to publically respond to the report. Locally, the pipeline would run through Hopkins, Wood, Franklin and Smith counties.