Nebraska State Senator Calls for More Pipeline Study
An article in the Grand Island Independent this weekend reported that Nebraska State Senator Annette Dubas of Fullerton will “lead a legislative interim study concerning TransCanada’s request to build the (Keystone XL) pipeline through Nebraska.” Dubas expresses concern about risks to the Sandhills and Ogallala Aquifer. Portions of the pipeline would run through Dubas’s 34th legislative district, and Dubas is a member of the Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee, which is conducting an interim study of “what responsibility the state has with pipelines being built inside its borders and what laws are needed, if any, to better manage future proposed pipelines in Nebraska.”
The first hearing will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the State Capitol. There will be “a short briefing by selected experts before opening up to public testimony.” The Legislature’s website gives no detail about who the selected experts are. At this time there have been no requests for the authors of recent Plains Justice pipeline safety reports to brief the committee on their findings. Plains Justice and a large coalition of Plains groups also submitted comments to the State Department on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Keystone XL, including comments on the potential impact on the Sandhills and Ogallala Aquifer.
The Legislative committee will consider the possible impacts on the Sandhills and the Ogallala Aquifer.
Here’s hoping the committee sings the state hymn at the start of each session, as a reminder of what’s important to Nebraskans:
Beautiful Nebraska, peaceful prairieland,
laced with many rivers, and the hills of sand,
dark green valleys cradled in the earth,
rain and sunshine bring abundant birth.
Beautiful Nebraska, as you look around,
you will find a rainbow reaching to the ground.
all these wonders by the Master’s hand,
Not a single stanza about high pressure oil pipelines.