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Dear Governor Heineman:
Thank you for approving the new route for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The project will allow America to gain independence from Middle East and Venezuelan oil by increasing supplies from our loyal, stable and secure ally in Canada. It will also be a major economic development booster for our country and region, not only in the construction of the pipeline, but in further development of Alberta’s oil resources. For every two Canadian jobs created by the oil sands, a third is created in the US. Alberta oil sands development is projected to generate more than $500 billion in US economic impact over the next 25 years.

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  • 1. News Release - For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 23, 2013Contact: Michael Reeves (806) 775-2338 michael.reeves@portstoplains.com Ports-to-Plains Supports Nebraska Governor’s KXL DecisionNebraska Governor Dave Heineman approved a revised route for the Keystone XL Pipelinethrough Nebraska; a route that he says will avoid the Sandhills area. The process now movesto the U.S. State Department and President Obama for approval.“We are pleased with Gov. Heineman’s decision, and hope that President Obama will followsuit and approve the Keystone XL Pipeline,” said Ports-to-Plains Alliance President MichaelReeves. “The pipeline allows us to gain energy independence from Middle East and Venezuelanoil by increasing supplies from our stable and friendly neighbors in Alberta and providesimproved transport of Bakken oil from Montana and North Dakota. It also creates Americanjobs, not only in construction of the pipeline, but also in American companies that supplyAlberta oil development.”The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s evaluation report on Keystone XL to Gov.Heineman concluded the environmental impacts would be minimal and that TransCanadaCorp., the pipeline sponsor, had agreed to special mitigation and monitoring measures.Because the pipeline crosses an international border the State Department must review theproject and President Obama must issue a permit for construction to proceed. The StateDepartment is currently conducting a supplemental environmental impact statement on theroute, which is expected to be completed by the end of March. An earlier State DepartmentEnvironmental Impact Statement found that the project would have minimal adverse effectsalong the route.Ports-to-Plains has been a vocal advocate for the Keystone XL Pipeline, testifying at publichearings and submitting letters of support from more than 100 local leaders throughout thecorridor.“Our members understand that Keystone XL is good for our country’s energy future, and isgood for our local economies, and they are proud to support it,” said Reeves. -30-
  • 2. asJanuary 22, 2013The Honorable Dave HeinemanOffice of the GovernorPO Box 1500Scottsbluff, NE 69363-1500Dear Governor Heineman:Thank you for approving the new route for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The project will allow America to gainindependence from Middle East and Venezuelan oil by increasing supplies from our loyal, stable and secure allyin Canada. It will also be a major economic development booster for our country and region, not only in theconstruction of the pipeline, but in further development of Alberta’s oil resources. For every two Canadian jobscreated by the oil sands, a third is created in the US. Alberta oil sands development is projected to generatemore than $500 billion in US economic impact over the next 25 years.The Ports-to-Plains Alliance is a grass roots organization consisting of communities throughout North America’sagriculture and energy heartland. Our members have been overwhelmingly supportive of the Keystone XLPipeline, recognizing the tremendous economic benefits for our community. Earlier we submitted the enclosedletter to you, with more than 100 local leaders encouraging you to approve the proposed KXL route. Today wewrite you again to say thank you for your decision.Sincerely,Michael ReevesPresident
  • 3.   December 4, 2012 Pat Rice via Email: NDEQ.SEISpubliccomment@Nebraska.gov Project Manager NDEQ Pipeline Project Comments P.O. Box 98922 Lincoln, NE 68509-8922 Re: Keystone XL Pipeline Evaluation Dear Mr. Rice: We are writing to express our strong support for findings on the Keystone XL pipeline. We fully support this project because we believe it is in the best interest of our constituents, the state of Nebraska and the entire country. The specific findings in the draft report that we agree with include:  The Nebraska Reroute avoids the region that was identified as the Sand Hills by NDEQ, which is based on extensive research conducted by various state and federal agencies several years ago.  Keystone provided some route alternatives in the Supplemental Environmental Report which reduces the amount of fragile soils that are crossed in the northern portion of Nebraska.  The revised route also establishes greater distances from the sources of drinking water in the communities of Clarks and Western.  The report details environmental, economic, social and other impacts along the Nebraska Reroute.  Numerous construction and operational mitigation measures would be incorporated to protect groundwater and surface water.  Keystone would pay for an independent public employee to act as a liaison to facilitate the exchange of information between Keystone and landowners, local communities, and residents.  Keystone would provide baseline water well testing for domestic and livestock water wells within 300 feet of the center line of the route.  Keystone would adhere to 57 special pipeline safety conditions that had been previously agreed upon with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  Keystone would be responsible for developing an Emergency Response Plan for a product release associated with the operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline and ancillary facilities.Limon Office Lubbock OfficeP.O. Box 9 5401 N MLK Blvd., Unit 395Limon, CO 80828 Lubbock, TX 79403P: 303.586.1787 P: 806.775.2338F: 719.775.9073 Fax: 806.775.3981 www.portstoplains.com 
  • 4. Support for Keystone XL Pipeline – Nebraska Keystone XL Pipeline ReviewDecember 4, 2012Page 2  Keystone has identified several variations of crude oil that would be transported at various times through the pipeline from Alberta, Canada and from the Bakken Formation in Montana and North Dakota. The report contains the general characteristics of the crude oil, which are similar to other crude oils from around the world. In the event of a spill, the appropriate authorities would have immediate access to the product’s Material Safety Data Sheet.  In addition to complying with all relevant state and federal cleanup requirements, Keystone will provide evidence that it is carrying $200 million in third party liability insurance to cover cleanup costs for incidents in Nebraska.Our communities are members of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance, a grassroots coalition of cities,counties, businesses, economic development organizations and chambers of commerce from aten-state, 2,300 mile long transportation and economic development corridor that stretch fromTexas to Alberta, Canada, including Nebraska.Keystone XL will provide significant economic benefits for our region. The pipeline is expectedto create approximately 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs in the United States. Itcould also generate more than $5.2 billion in tax revenue to the Keystone XL corridor states. Ata time when state and local governments across the country are struggling to balance theirbudgets, these employment and revenue benefits are critical to our region.Specific benefits for Nebraska include:  More than $465 million in new spending for the Nebraska economy  More than 7,500 person years of employment  Increased personal income by $314 million  Additional state and local tax revenues of more than $11 million  $390 million in increased Gross State ProductThe pipeline is also critical to our country’s efforts to reduce our dependence on Middle Eastand Venezuelan oil, by increasing our access to supplies from Canada, our neighbor and loyalally, as well as domestic supplies from the Bakken Formation of Montana and North Dakota.Relying upon regimes that are in many cases unstable and unfriendly to the United States issimply bad energy and national security policy. We have seen the shocks to our economy fromoil spikes caused by turmoil in these regions. It is much preferable to develop stable, securedomestic and Canadian sources. By providing refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast with morethan 700,000 barrels of oil each day from domestic and Canadian resources, this pipeline willdramatically reduce our reliance on oil from unreliable and often unfriendly sources.As leaders from the region that the entire Keystone XL pipeline will traverse, we applaud theState of Nebraska and the Division of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) thoroughness during thisreview process. We also have confidence that TransCanada will be a good steward of the landand that Keystone XL will be constructed using industry best practices and will meet or exceedall existing pipeline regulatory standards.The Keystone XL pipeline is clearly in the nation’s interest and will be a valuable tool instrengthening our national security and energy security.Sincerely, 
  • 5. Ed Mayo    Sandy McCarthy Mayor  County Commissioner City of Gering  Box Butte County Gering, NE 69341  Alliance, NE 69301    Deb Cottier    Lane Danielzuk Director  Chairman Nebraska Northwest Development Corp  Heartland Expressway Association Chadron, NE 69337  Gering, NE 69341    Tim Garwood    Chelsie Herian Board Member  Executive Director Heartland Expressway Association  Box Butte Development Corporation Alliance, NE 69301  Alliance, NE 69301    Travis Hiner    Marlin Johnson Board Member  Communications Director Heartland Expressway Association  Heartland Expressway Association Scottsbluff, NE 69361  Scottsbluff, NE 69361    Chuck Karpf    Steve Burgess Executive Director  Ports‐to‐Plains Board / County Panhandle Area Development District  Commissioner Gering, NE  69341  Lincoln County   Limon, CO 80828   Julie Coonts    Beverly  Haggard Mayor  Ports‐to‐Plains Board / City Council Town of Limon  City of Lamar Limon, CO 80828  Lamar , CO 81052    
  • 6. Roger J.  Stagner    Patricia Vice Mayor  Mayor / Executive Director City of Lamar  Town of Genoa / Lincoln County Lamar , CO 81052  Economic Development   Genoa, CO 80818   Bill Nyby    Brad Bekkedahl County Commissioner  City Commissioner Sheridan County  City of Willison Plentywood, MT 59254  Williston, ND 58801    Lynn Brackel    Douglas W. Ellison County Commissioner  Mayor Bowman County  City of Medora Bowman, ND 58623  Medora, ND 58645    Brent Sanford    Coby Beckner Mayor  City Commissioner Watford City  Town of Clayton Watford City, ND 58854  Clayton, NM 88415    Justin Bennett    Christopher Candelario County Commissioner Chairman  Mayor Union County   City of Raton Clayton, NM 88415  Raton , NM 87740    Jack Chosvig    Walter Hall Mayor  County Commissioner Town of Clayton  Union County Clayton, NM 88415  Clayton, NM 88415    
  • 7. Van Robertson    Ronald D. Carey County Commissioner  Mayor Union County  City of Boise City Clayton, NM 88415  Boise City, OK 73933    Paul Alexander    John Baker City Councilman  Mayor City of San Angelo  City of Tahoka San Angelo, TX 76904  Tahoka, TX 79373    Mark J. Barr    Mike Brown County Judge  County Judge Howard County  Tom Green County Big Spring, TX 70720  San Angelo, TX 76903    Terri Beth Carter    Eugene Carter County Judge  Mayor Sherman County  City of Hale Center Stratford, TX 79084  Hale Center, TX 79041    Tommy Duncan    Wendell  Dunlap Mayor  Mayor City of Big Spring  City of Plainview Big Spring, TX 70720  Plainview, TX 79072    Charlotte Farmer    Carla Garner City Councilmember  County Judge City of San Angelo  Sutton County San Angelo, TX 76903  Sonora, TX 76950    
  • 8. Paul Harpole    Tom Head Mayor  County Judge City of Amarillo  Lubbock County Amarillo, TX 79101  Lubbock, TX 79401    Kendall Hirschfeld    Ross W. James City Council  Mayor City of San Angelo  City of Tulia San Angelo, TX 76903  Tulia, TX 79088    Dwain Morrison    Alvin New City Councilman  Mayor City of San Angelo  City of San Angelo San Angelo, TX 76904  San Angelo, TX 76904    Dave Nix    Milton Pax Mayor  County Commissioner City of Lamesa  Moore County Lamesa, TX 79331  Dumas, TX 79029    Rowdy Rhoades    Glen Robertson County Judge  Mayor Moore County  City of Lubbock Dumas, TX 79029  Lubbock, TX 79457    Pat Sims    Darrell Stephens Mayor  Mayor City of Dumas  City of Abernathy Dumas, TX 79029  Abernathy, TX 79311    
  • 9. Gilberto Cisneros    Tom Clark President/CEO  Executive Director Chamber of the Americas  Metro Denver EDC Denver, CO 80215  Denver, CO 80202    Greg Fulton    Preston Gibson President  Chairman Colorado Motor Carriers Association  Economic Development Council of Denver, CO 80216  Colorado   Denver, CO 80236   Linda Hawthorne    Joe  Kiely Board Member  Vice President of Operations Lincoln County Economic Development  Ports‐to‐Plains Alliance Limon, CO 80828  Limon, CO 80828    Lisa Nolder    Stephanie Salazar Executive Director  President & CEO Prowers County Development Inc.  Broomfield Economic Development Corp. Lamar , CO 81052  Broomfield, CO 80021    Dave Stone    Jack Taylor Town Manager  Executive Director Town of Limon  S.P.I.R.I.T. Limon, CO 80828  Liberal, KS 67905    Bob Sivertsen    Ashley Alderson President  Executive Director Highway 2 Association  Bowman County Development Havre, MT 59501  Corporation   Bowman, ND 58623   
  • 10. Gaylon Baker    Shirley Brentrup Executive Director  Rural Development Consultant Stark Development Corporation  SJB Consulting Dickinson, ND 58601  Dickinson, ND 58601    Ken Callahan    Melana Howe Energy Services Manager  CEO Montana Dakota Utilities  Howe Enterprises Williston, ND 58801  Hettinger, ND 58639    Beth Innis    Terry L. Johnson Auditor  President Williams County  Belfield Area Chamber of Commerce Williston, ND 58802  Belfield, ND 58622    John Phillips    Steve Stenehjem President  CEO Economic Development of North Dakota  First Internationa Bank & Trust Beulah, ND 58523  Watford City, ND 58854    Linda Svihovec    Terri Thiel Auditor  Executive Director McKenzie County  Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau Watford City, ND 58854  Dickinson, ND 58601    Shawn Wenko    Bob Donnell Assistant Director  Executive Director Williston Economic Development  Roswell‐Chaves County EDC Williston, ND 58801  Roswell, NM 88202    
  • 11. Pete Kampfer    Penny Peryatel City Manager  Ports‐to‐Plains Board Member / City of Raton  President Raton, NM 87740  Northern New Mexico Gas   Raton, NM 87740   Blaise Emerson    Sandra Adams Executive Director  President Black Hills Local Council of Local Governments  Lamesa Chamber of Commerce Rapid City, SD 57701  Lamesa, TX 79331    Dora Alcala    Christine Allen Former Mayor   Director of Foreign Trade Zone City of Del Rio  Lubbock Economic Development Alliance Del Rio, TX 78840  Lubbock, TX 79401    Paul Armes    John Bertsch President  Chairman Wayland Baptist University  Ports‐to‐Plains Alliance Plainview, TX 79072  Plainview, TX 79403    Tonya  Brown    Kevin Carter President  Executive Director Sonora EDC  Plainview Hale County Industrial Sonora, TX 76950  Foundation   Plainview, TX 79072   Sam Cartwright    Sid Cauthorn President/CEO  Ports‐to‐Plains Board Member / Moore County Chamber of Commerce  President/CEO Dumas, TX 79029  The Bank & Trust   Del Rio, TX 78841   
  • 12. Chris Cornell    Michael Cypert Business Development  City Manager Reece Albert, Inc.  City of Abernathy San Angelo, TX 76903  Abernathy, TX 79311    Richard  David    Donna Davis President/CEO  Associate Professor of Marketing Amarillo EDC  Rawls College of Business ‐ Texas Tech Amarillo, TX 79101  University   Lubbock, TX 79409    Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce    Mike Duran Del Rio, TX 78840  Executive Director   Lamesa EDC  Lamesa, TX 79331   John Friess    Elizabeth Grindstaff Ports‐to‐Plains Board Member  Manager of Marketing & Sales Ports‐to‐Plains Alliance  Texas‐Pacifico Railroad Sonora, TX 76950  San Angelo, TX 76904    David Hettler    Duffy  Hinkle CPA  Vice President of Membership & Ehler & Hettler  Marketing Lubbock, TX 79423  Ports‐to‐Plains Alliance   Lubbock, TX 79403   Joshua Jones    Brian Kimberly City Manager  Director of Business Development City of Hale Center  Reese Technology Center Hale Center, TX 79041  Lubbock, TX 79413    
  • 13. John King    Shawn  Kirkpatrick Vice President for University Relations  Executive Director Lubbock Christian University  Levelland EDC Lubbock, TX 79407  Levelland, TX 79336    Frank H. Larson    Bill Lavers President  Executive Director Del Rio Area Development  Development Corporation of Snyder Del Rio, TX 78842  Snyder, TX 79549    Shawn Lewis    Mike McBain Director of Community & Economic Development  President City of San Angelo  Laredo Cotton Transfer, Inc. San Angelo, TX 76903  Laredo, TX 78040    Eddie McBride    Todd McKee President  Ports‐to‐Plains Board Treasurer / Lubbock Chamber of Commerce  President & Chief Lending Officer Lubbock, TX 79401  Peoples Bank   Lubbock, TX 79424   Bill Miller    Gary Molberg Executive Director  President/CEO Reese Technology Center  Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Lubbock, TX 79413  Amarillo, TX 79101    Linda Morris     Kristen Moudy Executive Director  Business Development Specialist Plainview Chamber of Commerce  Canadian‐Hemphill County EDC Plainview, TX 79072  Canadian, TX 79014    
  • 14. Kristine Olsen    John Osborne President  President Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce  Lubbock Economic Development Alliance Dalhart, TX 79022  Lubbock, TX 79401    Dan Redd    Michael Reeves CEO  President Borger Economic Development Corp.  Ports‐to‐Plains Alliance Borger, TX 79008  Lubbock, TX 79403    Gaynelle Riffe    Mike Running Ports‐to‐Plains Board Member / Co‐Owner  Executive Director Stratford Grain Company  Dumas EDC Stratford, TX 79084  Dumas, TX 79029    Sonia Shannon    Eric Turner Assistance Secretary of the Corporation  Main Street/CVB Coordinator Central 57 Importers & Exporters  Plainview Convention & Visitors Bureau Eagle Pass, TX 78852  Plainview, TX 79072    Debbye Valverde    Fred Vera Executive Director  City Manager Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce  City of Lamesa Dumas, TX 79720  Lamesa, TX 79331    Jerry Webster    Terry Wegman City Administrator  Executive Director City of Tahoka  Big Spring EDC Tahoka, TX 79373  Big Spring, TX 79720    
  • 15. Pamela Welch    Roger Cable Executive Director  Director of Business Development Midland Development Corporation  Oftedal Construction, Inc Midland, TX 79701  Casper, WY 82604    Darcy Geigle    Len Mitzel Reeve  Former Member of Legislative Assembly Cypress County  for Alberta  Dunmore, AB   T1B 0K3  Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor   Etzikom, AB   T0K 0W0   Lutz Perschon     CAO   Cypress County Dunmore, AB   T1B 0K3