LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rethink the Keystone XL pipeline

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Here is an idea for the Keystone XL pipeline: Build a refinery where the oil is. When oil was discovered in Texas, a refinery was built in Texas. When oil was discovered in California, a refinery was built in California. A refinery is expensive to build, but shipping crude oil from North Dakota to Texas through a pipeline is also very expensive.

To ship crude oil from North Dakota to Texas and then ship it back to North Dakota after it has been refined doesn’t make sense to me. There are already pipelines in use that handle products in the Midwest. In the long run, money and thousands of farm acres would be saved by not building this pipeline.

Big Oil money wants the revenue to stay in Texas. I want to go back to cheaper gas.

Does anyone think this pipeline will stop the United States from importing oil? Does anyone remember the Exxon Valdez disaster or the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico a few years ago? Do we want this to happen in Nebraska?

WILLIAM L. TYLER

Manassas, Va.

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