The sandhills are so fragile, long, but this worries me.
But that isn't what worries me more. The XL pipeline co. from Canada wants to run a large pipeline from the tar sands in Canada to the gulf refineries. It probably is a good idea getting more oil from a trusted neighbor than from countries where we are tolerated only for money but seemingly detested otherwise, BUT, they want to run the pipeline across the sandhills which lie above the largest fresh water aquifer in the world. The Ogallala aquifer. It extends from South Dakota just about down to Texas but the main portion lies under the Nebraska sandhills. Thousands of communities get their water from this aquifer and I am concerned about a rupture in the pipeline. The owners say it can't happen because of the way it will be built but I seem to recall a number of pipeline breaks and the fouling of the water.
Plus, the sandhills are so fragile, most ranchers prefer to use horseback, planes or vehicles with huge flotation tires when they check the cattle or fences. A gash in the grassed over hills means the sand will start blowing and soon there is a huge blowout in the soil covering many acres that may take 100 years to grass over if ever. The pipeline company wants to tear up the grass and bury the pipeline and I'm not sure that any protestations from local groups or even the governor will do any good. It seems the O.K. will come from Washington and I'm sure they have our best interests at heart.