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6,500 tickets sold for anti-pipeline concert with Willie Nelson, Neil Young; capped at 7K

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NELIGH, Nebraska — Organizers say nearly all the $50 tickets for a Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have been sold.

The group Bold Nebraska said in a statement Thursday more than 6,500 of the 7,000 tickets for the Sept. 27 concert had been sold since Wednesday.

PHOTO: FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2012 file photo Neil Young, right, and Willie Nelson perform  during the Farm Aid 2012 concert at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa. Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast said Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 that Nelson and Young will headline a concert on Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh in northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2012 file photo Neil Young, right, and Willie Nelson perform during the Farm Aid 2012 concert at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa. Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast said Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 that Nelson and Young will headline a concert on Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh in northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)

The TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast. The concert will be held on a farm near Neligh that's in the proposed path.

Pipeline critics worry it could contribute to pollution and contaminate groundwater. Young and Nelson have said they agreed to perform to highlight concerns.

TransCanada says the pipeline would be built with advanced safety features. The southern leg of the pipeline between Oklahoma and Texas is already operational.

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