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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Tyson Larson