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Lincoln (August 12, 2013) -The Nebraska Rural Electric Association (NREA) Board of Directors met last week at their quarterly board meeting in Scottsbluff, Neb.  Among other business, the Board passed a resolution supporting the development of the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska. 

“Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there, the truth is that pipelines are a proven means of safely transporting oil products to domestic refineries with minimal environmental impact,” said Troy Bredenkamp, General Manager of NREA.

NREA members distribute electricity across rural Nebraska and have a deep interest in rural economic development. “The proposed Keystone XL pipeline will have a positive economic benefit to the State of Nebraska by both providing jobs and increasing the tax base.  It‘s time for the President to act and approve this project.”

Currently, the U.S. State Department is leading the federal review of the proposed pipeline that would bring oil from Canadian oil sands projects to Gulf Coast refineries.  The final decision on the cross-border permit is expected to be made by President Obama before the end of the year.

CONTACT:  Wayne Price at (402) 476-4988 or wprice@nrea.org

The Nebraska Rural Electric Association (NREA) is the private not-for-profit trade association for 34 rural electric cooperatives and public power districts providing electric service to consumers across rural Nebraska. Together, the more than 950 dedicated employees of our member-systems serve approximately 231,000 electric meters across more than 87,000 miles of line.