Holt county, NE, along the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route. 

Holt county, NE, along the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route. 

 An old Cadillac sits in the garage of Byron "Stix" Steskal in Stuart. Steskal owns property that is in the path of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

An old Cadillac sits in the garage of Byron "Stix" Steskal in Stuart. Steskal owns property that is in the path of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

 Rosemary Kilmurry, 93, in her living room near Atkinson, NE. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cut through her property.

Rosemary Kilmurry, 93, in her living room near Atkinson, NE. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cut through her property.

 Michael and Richard Kilmurry speak with each other while working cattle near Atkinson, NE. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cut through their family's property.

Michael and Richard Kilmurry speak with each other while working cattle near Atkinson, NE. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cut through their family's property.

 Men gather for breakfast at a cafe in Atkinson, NE. The Keystone XL pipeline would cross about nine miles away from the cafe. 

Men gather for breakfast at a cafe in Atkinson, NE. The Keystone XL pipeline would cross about nine miles away from the cafe. 

 Jake Crumly, 15, left, father Ryan Crumly, and Zach Crumly hunt for deer on opening weekend on their family's property near Page, NE. The proposed Keystone XL would cut through the property.

Jake Crumly, 15, left, father Ryan Crumly, and Zach Crumly hunt for deer on opening weekend on their family's property near Page, NE. The proposed Keystone XL would cut through the property.

 Meghan Hammond feeds goats on her and her husband's property where the Keystone XL pipeline would potentially cut through.   

Meghan Hammond feeds goats on her and her husband's property where the Keystone XL pipeline would potentially cut through.

 

 Mike Blocher is nuzzled by one of his horses on his horse ranch near Oakdale, NE. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cut through his ranch.

Mike Blocher is nuzzled by one of his horses on his horse ranch near Oakdale, NE. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cut through his ranch.

 Ron and Jeanne Crumly stand on their family's property near Page, NE. The proposed Keystone XL would cut through their property.   

Ron and Jeanne Crumly stand on their family's property near Page, NE. The proposed Keystone XL would cut through their property.

 

 Jackie Kilmurry stands on 476th Avenue near Atkinson, NE. Kilmurry stands where the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will cut through her family's property.

Jackie Kilmurry stands on 476th Avenue near Atkinson, NE. Kilmurry stands where the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will cut through her family's property.

 The Green Plains Central City ethanol plant in Central City, NE. The town is 13 miles away from the Keystone XL pipeline's proposed path. 

The Green Plains Central City ethanol plant in Central City, NE. The town is 13 miles away from the Keystone XL pipeline's proposed path. 

 Art and Helen Tanderup, in their living room in Neligh, NE.   

Art and Helen Tanderup, in their living room in Neligh, NE.

 

 Late corn is harvested near Fullerton, NE where the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cut through just a few miles up the road.

Late corn is harvested near Fullerton, NE where the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cut through just a few miles up the road.

 A funeral takes place at St. Boniface Cemetery in Elgin, NE. The town is eight miles away from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

A funeral takes place at St. Boniface Cemetery in Elgin, NE. The town is eight miles away from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

 The Kilmurry family's cattle are driven just yards from where the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cut through the property of the Kilmurry family.

The Kilmurry family's cattle are driven just yards from where the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cut through the property of the Kilmurry family.

 Mike Blocher burns rubbish on his horse ranch near Oakdale, NE. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cut through his ranch.

Mike Blocher burns rubbish on his horse ranch near Oakdale, NE. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cut through his ranch.

 The driveway of Art and Helen Tanderup off of 857th Road near Neligh, NE. Neligh is less than six miles from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The driveway of Art and Helen Tanderup off of 857th Road near Neligh, NE. Neligh is less than six miles from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

 Early snow, Atkinson, NE. The Keystone XL pipeline would cross about nine miles away. 

Early snow, Atkinson, NE. The Keystone XL pipeline would cross about nine miles away. 

 Snow covers the ground on 857th Road near Neligh, NE. Neligh is less than six miles from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Snow covers the ground on 857th Road near Neligh, NE. Neligh is less than six miles from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

 Wild turkeys cross 469th Avenue between Stuart, NE and the Niobrara River. The pipeline would cross the Niobrara River as well as 50 other crossings of perennial streams. A spill could potentially threaten wildlife and water quality.

Wild turkeys cross 469th Avenue between Stuart, NE and the Niobrara River. The pipeline would cross the Niobrara River as well as 50 other crossings of perennial streams. A spill could potentially threaten wildlife and water quality.

 A man repairs a sign in York, Nebraska. York, a town of 7,700, is less than five miles east of the proposed pipeline.

A man repairs a sign in York, Nebraska. York, a town of 7,700, is less than five miles east of the proposed pipeline.

 Wind generators stand near the property of Mike Blocher's home and horse ranch in Oakdale, Nebraska. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cut through his property. One of Blocher's concern's is based in experience. While the wind generators were being built, ownership changed numerous times. He said the same thing can happen to the pipeline, that it's ownership could become even more remote than TransCanada is to most property owners opposing the pipeline now.

Wind generators stand near the property of Mike Blocher's home and horse ranch in Oakdale, Nebraska. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cut through his property. One of Blocher's concern's is based in experience. While the wind generators were being built, ownership changed numerous times. He said the same thing can happen to the pipeline, that it's ownership could become even more remote than TransCanada is to most property owners opposing the pipeline now.

 A fire burns on a corn farm in Antelope county, along U.S. Route 275.

A fire burns on a corn farm in Antelope county, along U.S. Route 275.

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 The sun sets in Aurora, NE behind the Aventine West Ethanol plant. Aurora is 15 miles from the path of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The sun sets in Aurora, NE behind the Aventine West Ethanol plant. Aurora is 15 miles from the path of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.