WICHITA, Kansas – A group opposed to building the final phase of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline gathered in front of property owned by the Koch family to protest the project. About 15 people chanted and held signs on the corner of 13th St. and Rock Rd. Tuesday evening in front of the Koch’s property. A group spokesperson says Koch industries supports the pipeline because the company would stand to gain millions of dollars.
KSN reached out to Koch industries about the claim that the Wichita-based company supports the project. It’s a claim a company spokesperson says is false. A spokesperson sent this response:
“For a number of years, Koch has publicly stated that we have no financial interest in the Keystone XL Pipeline. We are not a proposed shipper or customer of the pipeline and we have taken no position with regard to Keystone XL legislation. TransCanada, which is seeking to build the pipeline, has affirmed more than once that Koch has no involvement in the project.”