01 Oct '11, 1pm

"Tar Sands Showdown in the Nebraska Sandhills." @OnEarthMag, Keystone pipeline public hearing v. @scottdodd #longreads

"Tar Sands Showdown in the Nebraska Sandhills." @OnEarthMag, Keystone pipeline public hearing v. @scottdodd #longreads

Just the night before, Ben and I had climbed the sandy bluffs near the edge of his family ranch. He likes to go there toward sundown this time of year, when the air turns butter-yellow and a fine haze rises from the western meadow where his father grazes their fat steers. Ben’s family has been on their land for nearly 75 years. In November 1936, his great-grandfather, Ernest, a sharecropper outside of Crofton in Knox County, sold his farm equipment, loaded everything the family owned into his Durant sedan, and with the help of a few neighbors on horseback drove his hundred head of cattle here. “There weren’t as many trees or fences back then,” Ben said. On the fourth day, they got the cattle to Atkinson and loaded them into the stock pens as a storm came bearing down, blowing and drifting snow. Ben’s great-grandparents had to sleep that night on the floor of the sale barn ...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/print/17654

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