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Monday also brought some good news for Keystone advocates, who say the pipeline poses minor environmental risk and major economic reward. In its final evaluation for Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, the state's Department of Environmental Quality concluded that the pipeline's construction would bring in $481.1 million in economic benefits and 4,560 new or existing jobs to the state of Nebraska.
The report also found "minimal environmental impacts" as a result of the pipeline's construction and operation.
Opponents emphasize the effect of what comes out of its construction and operation.
"If burned, tar sands spells 'game over' for a livable climate and would harm community drinking water and farmers’ livelihoods across the region," reads the website of Tar Sands Blockade, the group behind Monday's protests.