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Pipeline proponents say Keystone XL gives U.S. a chance to update its aging pipeline system

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NORFOLK, NE. (KTIV/US92) -

A group of pipeline proponents, in Nebraska, say the Keystone XL oil pipeline is key to future infrastructure in America.

The group "Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence" held a pipeline safety seminar in Norfolk, Nebraska, Monday. A number of elected officials attended the meeting which featured a number of speakers.

They all talked about the safety of the project. They say the Keystone XL gives the U.S. a chance to update its aging pipeline system.

"Just as we have roads and bridges that are aging, we also have pipelines that are moving product," said Brigham McCown, Former Director of the Pipeline Safety Administration. "They've been safely doing that for a half a century or more, but you have to continue to invest in new infrastructure."

Monday's speakers say the U-S already has 2.6-million miles of oil pipeline running through it. If it's built, the Keystone XL would transport crude oil from Canada to Texas and go through portions of Holt, Knox and Antelope counties.

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