A bill that would give Nebraska officials authority over future oil pipeline projects has won first-round legislative approval.
The measure would apply to future pipeline projects in the state
but not the Keystone XL, the proposed crude oil pipeline that
prompted a special legislative session. TransCanada, the company
that proposed the Keystone XL, has agreed to work with lawmakers on a separate plan to reroute that line after environmental concerns
Nebraska lawmakers advanced a measure Tuesday that would require companies to apply to the state Public's Service Commission before they could lay oil pipelines larger than 6 inches in diameter.
The measure by Fullerton Sen. Annette Dubas also requires public
notification and hearings about projects.