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Sen. Tyson Larson

Sen. Tyson Larson

District 40

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Last week, Governor Dave Heineman called the Legislature into special session to enact legislation relating to oil pipelines. The special session begins November 1 and will continue until the Legislature reaches a consensus. I am pleased that Governor Heineman has called a special session because the regulation of oil pipelines is a very important matter, and the Legislature is responsible for addressing the concerns of people affected by such pipelines and protecting the people and resources of our state.There may be a variety of bills introduced during the 3 days of bill introduction, but the main focus will be siting of oil pipelines. Federal law allows for states to regulate the location of a pipeline even though other considerations, like safety, are currently completely within the purview of federal regulation. Senator Annette Dubas of Fullerton plans to introduce siting legislation, which provides for a process of permit approval for any oil pipeline route through Nebraska. The permit would only be approved after a review of various factors if the pipeline is in the public interest. This procedure would allow for a complete evaluation of the impact of a pipeline prior to construction. I support enacting siting legislation and will work with my colleagues to do so. In addition, I will consider other pertinent legislation that is in the interests of my constituents.

Please feel free to contact my office with your questions and comments at (402) 471-2801 or

Best Wishes,

Senator Tyson Larson

Sen. Tyson Larson

District 40
Room #1019
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2801
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