A bill that would allow the state to become more involved in the location of underground pipelines is being introduced in the Unicameral. Senator Annette Dubas of Fullerton says her legislation relates to the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.
Dubas says constituents were calling her office to complain they had no place to go for having questions answered nor a place to give input on how the pipeline would affect their property or way of life.
Dubas says her bill would give expanded powers to the state Public Service Commission.
“They already deal with natural gas pipelines and other things such as this,” Dubas says. “They understand the circumstances that surround these types of projects.”
She says it would also provide the state’s citizens with an objective place to which they could direct their questions. Currently the PSC only has authority over pipelines that begin and end in the state.
Dubas says she isn’t sure her bill would cover the Keystone XL line. Dubas says she’s going on the assumption that it’s not retroactive but says it’s a safe bet Nebraska will see more projects like this in the future.
She says she may have to ask for an opinion from the state attorney general about whether the current pipeline project might be included. Concern has been expressed due to the proximity of the pipeline to the Ogallala Aquifer.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton