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LINCOLN, Neb. (CBS4) – Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska are making good on their promise to build a barn in the project’s path.

Volunteers gathered over the weekend at the Hammond family’s farm at a groundbreaking ceremony for the solar- and wind-powered barn. The barn will sit on land directly on the pipeline’s route, about 15 miles northwest of York.

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Organizers say the barn will serve as a gathering place to learn about sustainable energy alternatives that would benefit agriculture. If President Barack Obama approves a federal permit for the oil pipeline, opponents say the barn’s location would force pipeline developer TransCanada to either reroute the Keystone XL or destroy the barn.

“We thought it was a brilliant idea. It represents how our family is thinking — that we believe in green energy and that we can do better,” Meghan Hammond said.

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Opponents also plan to build picnic tables and paint billboards that will be placed with landowners along the pipeline route.

Supporters of the pipeline say the Hammonds’ plan is just a publicity stunt. They say the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries, would be built with strict environmental guidelines and it would create jobs.

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