A few more questions asked then quick approval of a bill that would aid moving the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline out of the Sand Hills.
LB4, as amended by Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood of Norfolk, calls for the state to pay for a supplemental environmental impact study of an alternative route for the Keystone XL pipeline. The bill estimates a cost of no more than $2 million.
Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm asked Speaker Flood during floor debate this morning how he can be sure TransCanada will make good on its promise to move the proposed Keystone XL route out of the Sand Hills.
“Since there is no legal contract with TransCanada to assure they will move the pipeline out of the Sand Hills or description of what that move means, how are you, the speaker or our state, going to enforce the agreement between TransCanada and the state of Nebraska to move the pipeline out of the Sand Hills?” Haar asked Flood.
“As you know, TransCanada stood up before the state of Nebraska through members of the media and did voluntarily acknowledge that they agreed to move the route of the Keystone XL out of the Sand Hills,” Flood replied.
Flood pointed out the fallback position of the bill calls for the governor to give final approval to a new route.
Preliminary approval of LB4 follows a day after legislators gave preliminary approval to LB1, which would give the Public Service Commission authority to regulate the routes of oil pipelines in Nebraska. The work Friday prepares both bills for final consideration on Tuesday, scheduled now as the last working day of the special session.