Bipartisan Nebraska State Senators Say Tar Sands Pipeline Dangerous

Secretary Clinton courtesy of the Center for Strategic & Intl Studies

Telling Secretary of State Hillary Clinton they need time to pass pipeline safety legislation in the state, a bipartisan group of five Nebraska state senators is urging a delay of Keystone XL’s approval for twelve months.  (The state is unicameral).

“In stark contrast to the mature federal regulatory scheme for natural gas pipelines, federal regulation for oil pipelines is thus far inadequate. This has created widespread uncertainty among members of the Nebraska Legislature regarding Nebraska’s rights and responsibilities in the complex arena of pipeline regulation as we have wrestled with the Keystone pipeline over the past year,” they write.

State lawmakers in a neighboring state may make a similar request in coming days.