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Musicians team up to kill Keystone XL

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Country legend Willie Nelson is teaming up with Canadian rock artist Neil Young in September to keep another Canadian product out of the United States — the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

The pair will play a Sept. 27 benefit show on a farm in Neligh, Neb. — a point on the proposed route for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline — to help fund a trio of groups that have fought TransCanada Corp.'s project in Nebraska.

"Our family has worked this land for over 100 years. We will not allow TransCanada to come in here and destroy our land and water for their profit," said Nebraska farmer and concert host Art Tanderup, a member of the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, a coalition of farmers, ranchers and tribal members that oppose the pipeline. "The Heartland is more than a place, it's our home. We hope Americans from across the country join us to Harvest the Hope and stop the Keystone XL pipeline."

The Cowboy & Indian Alliance will receive some of the concert's proceeds, along with Bold Nebraska and the Indigenous Environmental Network.

Nebraska has taken center stage in the battle over Keystone XL, which has been in federal administrative limbo for about six years.

The State Department urged agencies to halt an interagency review process until the Nebraska Supreme Court decides whether a state law that allows approval of a new pipeline route is constitutional. That decision isn't expected until next year.

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