Pipeline Review Bill Out of Committee

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A bill that would allow the Nebraska Department of Environmental quality to continue it's review of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline has advanced to the Legislative floor.

The Natural Resources Committee advanced the bill Tuesday morning. The bill would allow the state to review any proposed oil pipeline.
That includes freeing up $2 million to continue the environmental review of the Keystone XL that was put on hold when the President denied Transcanada's pipeline permit.

Nebraska Senators agreed to pay the money for an independent review headed by the NDEQ during a special session last fall. Opponents of the pipeline criticized the move because of the cost, but Senators felt it was necessary to insure the review was free from scrutiny after a federal review was clouded in controversy because of ties to Transcanada.

The bill will be Senator Jim Smith's priority bill and could be debated this session.