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State senators meet with pipeline officials

Nebraska state senators sat down with officials from TransCanada in Lincoln on Dec. 1 for a question-and-answer session centered on the Keystone XL pipeline that could lead to legislative changes next year. State officials came away from the meeting contemplating changes to eminent domain, landowner liability and environmental laws in the 2011 legislative session but State Sen. Annette Dubas of...

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Anti-pipeline push goes national

Primetime television viewers will get a quick look at the plain's oil pipeline controversy in a new national television ad urging President Barack Obama to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The 30-second ad, paid for by the No Tar Sands Oil Coalition, portrays the Keystone XL decision as a chance to stop the next Gulf oil spill from happening, claiming that the "world's dirtiest...

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Report questions TransCanada’s emergency response plan

An environmental law center has some questions about TransCanada's ability to respond to a pipeline rupture on the Great Plains in a new report released Nov. 23 in Lincoln. Plains Justice, based in Billings, Mont., based its report on the Canadian oil company's emergency response plan for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline currently under consideration by the U.S. State Department. The 60-page...

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OPPD buys wind power

The Omaha Public Power District reached an agreement Nov. 18 to purchase 18 megawatts of energy from a new wind farm near Broken Bow in central Nebraska. The wind farm, built by California-based Edison Mission Group, is scheduled for completion in 2012 and will produce a total of 80 megawatts per year.

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MCC boosts sustainable energy program

Metropolitan Community College is poised to train the next generation of sustainable energy and renewable technology workers, after receiving a $318,000 grant from the Nebraska Energy Office. The school plans to complete a new solar training lab — heated entirely through solar power — by 2011 at its South Omaha campus. MCC will begin offering degree and certificate programs in solar and...

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Questionable chicken slaughter stopped at Nebraska farm

The plan to kill 70,000 unwanted adult hens by feeding them through a grinder at a Carroll, Neb., poultry farm has been stopped, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Dan Paden, senior research associate in PETA's Cruelty Investigations Department, told The Reader on Thursday that Nebraska State Patrol Troop B area commander Capt. Brad Rice confirmed TWJ Farms no longer...

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PETA questions poultry practices at Nebraska farm

On its official website, Wayne County, located in northeast Nebraska, bills itself as “livestock friendly.” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is disputing that claim after learning that TWJ Farms — a poultry farm in Carroll, Neb. — has allegedly slaughtered as many as 140,000 live adult chickens this year by feeding them through a grinding machine. Based on whistleblower...

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Pipeline company says no more research needed

Senators Mike Johanns and Ben Nelson had their say, now TransCanada has responded with its own letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refuting Johanns’ claim that more research is needed before the Keystone XL Pipeline project can be approved. One week after Nelson wrote to Clinton urging her to make a scientific — not political — decision, Johanns asked the State Department in a...

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