Jane Kleeb is a savvy activist who, Nebraska’s Republican governor once said, “has a tendency to shoot her mouth off most days.” A Florida native who moved to Nebraska in 2007 after marrying a rancher active in Democratic politics, she did as much as anyone to bring the massive Keystone XL crude oil pipeline to […]

Aug. 3, 2012 – Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline gathered in Spalding, Neb., for a cookout to thank state senator Ken Haar for his work to reroute the pipeline away from Nebraska’s Sand Hills and portions of the Ogallala Aquifer. But in spite of this reroute, many of the Nebraskans at this event […]

Today is the end of the State Department’s public comment period for environmental issues associated with the Keystone XL pipeline application, and foes of the pipeline held a conference call to mark the occasion and call on State to pay attention to climate change issues. The Keystone XL pipeline, which President Obama rejected early this […]

PONCA CITY, Okla. – In this town northeast of Oklahoma City, there is a statue of Standing Bear, who was chief of the Ponca tribe. Go there at night, and you can see symbols of seven tribes, a natural gas flame at the center of a faux campfire, and in the background the lights of […]

PERKINS, Okla. – We had trouble reaching the chief of the Sac and Fox Nation, known to be leery of the Keystone XL pipeline, so a friend suggested contacting Janice Rowe-Kurak, the head of the Iowa Nation and a friend of the Sac and Fox chief. Rowe-Kurak spent 23 years working for the federal government […]

PONCA CITY, Okla. — Boom and bust has been part of the oil business from when it was discovered in Pennsylvania in 1958. Ernest Whitworth Marland was part of that cycle. Twice. As a Pittsburgh lawyer, he made a small fortune speculating on coal and oil deals only to lose it in the Panic of […]

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