Unanimous approval for rule to require pipeline cleanup
May 26, 2011

The Nebraska state legislature unanimously approved a bill today requiring any company installing or operating an interstate oil pipeline to restore the land, natural resources, and vegetation disturbed by the construction or use of the pipeline. The bill was immediately signed by the Governor. The bill, LB629, is an obvious effort to impose state supervision over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline before the legislature adjourns for the rest of the year. The pipeline is a project of the TransCanada Corporation, to transport oil from the oil sands of Alberta to the refineries of the US Gulf Coast. Opponents of the plan to build the pipeline are concerned that its design and operation could threaten the Ogallala aquifer, which is an essential water resource for the state. The pipeline company argues that the risk is very small and any leaks could be cleaned quickly.

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