Governor Heineman stated today he supports moves at the Capitol that seem to pave the way for oil pipeline regulations passing the special session.
“Just a few days ago, I said that the United States Department of State decision to undertake an in-depth assessment of potential alternative routes was an opportunity for a common-sense solution,” Heineman told a news conference at the Capitol. “Today, we stand here having reached a common-sense solution.”
Heineman said he is fully behind a proposal by Speaker Mike Flood to find an alternative route for the Keystone XL pipeline, away from the Sand Hills. The governor said work needs to be done on the second bill being considered in the session; a bill that would give the Public Service Commission authority to determine the routes oil pipelines take in Nebraska.
Still, Heineman praised the turn of events that have changed the outlook of the special session.
“This exceptional and unusual series of events has allowed us to arrive at this solution, because of Nebraskans’ ability to work in a cooperative manner,” according to Heineman.
The governor credits what he calls a team effort for the breakthrough.
“Nebraskans were involved. The legislature was involved. TransCanada was involved. The United States Department of State, our federal delegation, our office, everybody kind of came together,” Heineman stated.