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Oil transparency petition delivered to Governor Heineman

Oil transparency petition delivered to Governor Heineman

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By: Jenn Hatcher
jhatcher@klkntv.com

Well over 100 people started at the foot of the capitol and marched over to the governor’s mansion, Thursday.

In tow, an oil train and pipeline petition from Bold Nebraska and the Great March for Climate Action, marchers.

The petition asks for greater transparency of oil train and pipeline traffic in the state.

Mark Hefflinger with Bold Nebraska says, "North Dakota and Iowa have already disclosed this information and Nebraskans have a right to know."

Bold Nebraska cites last years deadly train explosion in Quebec, as a reason and doesn’t believe releasing the information is considered a terrorist threat.

“The federal government looked at that and said that that's not actually a valid concern and they said that's not an excuse to not disclose this information to the public," explains Hefflinger.

The Great March for Climate Action group is also spreading the message to fight climate change.  They’ve been on foot for over 140 days.

Marcher, Jimmy Betts, is a Nebraska native, "It's about finding ways for people to communicate, to collaborate, and actually take action, not just talk about it, there's to much policy and talk that's going on and not enough and not enough people engaging their bodies, engaging their communities fully."

The marchers will spend the next week in Nebraska and will then continue their quest to the nation’s capital.

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