Nebraska Senators called for special election
OMAHA, Nebraska: Governor Dave Heineman called for a special session beginning on November 1 to resolve the issue of the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline is a $7 billion, 1,700 mile pipeline that would span between the oil sands of Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries. TransCanada, the owners of the project, have been working on the route for several years. Opposition to the project say the pipeline, which would be built over the Ogallala Aquifer, could put the natural resources of Nebraska at risk if an oil spill were to occur.
Heineman called the State Senate into session after receiving requests from several senators for a special session to resolve the issue. He stated, "I'm not certain there's a solution, but I know it's important that we try." Senators will decide if there is anything they can do both legally and constitutionally to impact the route of the pipeline before the Department of State makes its decision on the permit. Heineman has stated that he hopes Senators can resolve the issue within two weeks and no later than Thanksgiving.