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Keystone XL foes turn focus to local government

July 2, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are turning to low-level county commissions and zoning boards in an effort to slow the project, which has become a flash point in the national battle over climate change.

Landowners and other opponents are asking local officials along the pipeline route to pass resolutions opposing the project. They’re hopeful the signs of local opposition will give President Obama another reason to reject the pipeline, which would carry oil from the Canadian tar sands to refineries on the Texas Gulf coast. Obama could make a decision later this year.

State officials along the pipeline’s route 1,700-mile route are not opposing the project. Some county officials are considering landowners’ requests to fight the pipeline, but acknowledge they may not be able to stop it.

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