State Firefighter Union Endorses Keystone XL Pipeline

The association that represents 16 firefighter unions throughout Nebraska has endorsed the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The Nebraska Professional Fire Fighters Association, or NPFFA,  announced this week that they “overwhelmingly” support the Keystone XL Pipeline, that will run north-south through the east part of the state, and the NPFFA urge the Nebraska Public Service Commission to approve the permit.

The NPFFA says they have worked with TransCanada, who plans on building the pipeline, before and that the company routinely works with emergency service professionals.

“First responders understand that Nebraska and our nation needs energy. We know that to get the fuel that drives our economy we need safe pipeline infrastructure,” says President of the NPFFA Darren Garrean.

In the press release, the NPFFA  says that they believe the pipeline is a safer alternative to shipping crude oil, as opposed to rail car.

Jane Kleeb, President of Bold Nebraska, who is spearheading the opposition effort, says Bold Nebraska doesn’t take issue with unions who support the pipeline, but she hopes that the NPFFA has an emergency plan in place.

“We hope the firefighters have secured in writing from TransCanada the ongoing training along with the spill and fire equipment needed for worst case incidents,” says Kleeb.

The NFPAA represents the firefighter unions in Omaha, Lincoln, Columbus, Norfolk, Fremont, Beatrice and 10 other Nebraska communities.

The fate of the pipeline will be decided during the formal hearing of the Nebraska Public Service Commission in August.

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