MCCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. (AP) — A New York native who's been walking the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline has reached southeast Nebraska on his journey from Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Ken Ilgunas, of Niagara Falls, N.Y., told the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/Pu0WWf) as he walked near McCool Junction this week that he's been averaging 15-20 miles a day, burdened by his backpack, waterproof tent and, occasionally, by wary receptions.
Ilgunas says he's concerned about climate change and figured that his 1,700-mile journey would help him understand the issue better. He also is concerned about the environmental impact the tar sands extraction process will have near Hardisty in the province of Alberta.
The 29-year-old began his trip in September and hopes to finish in February.
Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com