LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a measure setting guidelines for pipeline companies to follow when they restore farmland and ranchland disturbed during construction.
Requirements under the Oil Pipeline Reclamation Act are intended to restore construction areas as close as reasonably possible to the condition, contour and vegetation that existed prior to construction.
Sen. Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids says her plan is based on reclamation rules in Montana and South Dakota and would not hinder pipeline construction in Nebraska.
It sets rules for pipeline companies to follow, but it would not supercede agreements made between a company and a landowner.
Grading, seeding and restoring active cropland are included in the measure, which Sullivan says will protect Nebraska landowners if a pipeline crosses their land.