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Pipeline rupture leads doubt to Keystone project

Posted: 04/02/13 09:04

Environmentalists feel they have more ammunition in their fight against the Keystone XL oil pipeline after last Friday's rupture of the Exxon-Mobil Pegasus Pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas. Nebraska 2nd District Congressman Lee Terry is a strong supporter of the Keystone project and says there are several factors that need to be considered. He says response time and technology are two issues to consider. Last reports show about 12-thousand barrels of an oil-water mix has been recovered and about two dozen homes were evacuated. Congressman Terry says Exxon-Mobil's rapid response and thorough job of cleaning up the area is a "testament how when a tragedy like this occurs there is a response".  Congressman Terry was this weeks speaker for the weekly Republican radio address where he called for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. He says even with the Senate's support of the project it is still in the hands of the State Department who constantly find ways to delay their recommendation.