Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman says he will not call a special session of the legislature to deal with issues surrounding the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.
The pipeline would pass through state Senator Tyson Larson’s district. Larson, who’s from O’Neill, says he’s working with people in his district who are concerned about the pipeline.
“We’re taking cues from the State Department and learning along the way on what’s possible, what the legislature can do, what the governor has the authority to do and what the Department of Natural Resources can do,” Larson says.
“It’s a learning process and one that we’re taking very seriously.” Larson says another Keystone pipeline was built through eastern parts of his district two years ago, and has been well received, but the new proposal has him conflicted.
“I see the economic benefit to a pipeline running through these counties,” Larson says. “Holt County will receive a lot of money. At the same time, we have a lot of concern about possible damage to the Sand Hills and leaks to the Ogallala aquifer.”
TransCanada is working to build the oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast, cutting across parts of Nebraska. The U-S State Department will grant or deny the permit.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton