LINCOLN, Neb. – With the U.S. State Department’s final environmental report possibly paving the way for the Obama administration to approve the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, Nebraska could be ground zero for acts of civil disobedience.
Environmental groups say 76,000 people have pledged to resist the pipeline through sit-ins and other non-violent protests – and Nebraska is likely to supply more than a few of them.
But rather than tying themselves to trees, Nebraskans are more likely to rope themselves to tractors, says the head of the anti-pipeline Bold Nebraska, Jane Kleeb. While the grassroots opposition group – which includes Republican ranchers who don’t think a foreign company should be able to build a pipeline on their land without their consent – has been focused on stopping the pipeline, they’ve also prepared for the possibility it will be approved.