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Nebraska Senators Urge Delayed Decision on Keystone XL

May 26, 2011

On May 26, 47 Nebraskan state senators gave approval and passed a bill dealing with the Keystone XL pipeline, while a group of senators sent Secretary of State Hilary Clinton a letter urging the federal government to delay their decision about the controversial project until May of 2012. The Omaha World-Herald reported that a group of 5 state senators sent Secretary Clinton the letter to ask that she delays her decision because it would give the state legislature more time to consider the affects of the Keystone XL pipeline on Nebraska.

The senators’ letter said that federal regulations are inadequate and that Nebraska needed to explore issues such as siting, routing, eminent domain powers, emergency response and liability of pipeline companies.

TransCanada, the large oil company seeking approval for the Keystone XL claims the federal government already requires the company to handle any and all spills and clean up, but many Nebraskans do not feel like the regulations are strict enough. As of right now, the State Department is set to make a decision on the pipeline before the end of 2011.

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