Neb. oil pipeline bill inches closer to law

Sen. Annette Dubas

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A proposal to regulate major oil pipelines in Nebraska has advanced one step closer to law.
Nebraska lawmakers voted the measure through the second of three required approvals Thursday in response to public anger over the Keystone XL. The crude oil project would have cut through the Nebraska Sandhills, but pipeline developer TransCanada agreed this week to change the route.
Members of Bold Nebraska, a key pipeline opponent, say they’re still concerned because lawmakers have not passed a measure that specifically protects the loose-soil Sandhills. The Sandhills sit atop a major groundwater supply.
The proposal (LB1) by Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton requires pipeline developers to seek approval from the Nebraska Public Service Commission before they proceed.
The bill was introduced during the special session called by Gov. Dave Heineman.