Additional pipeline bills introduced
Published November 2, 2011
The Legislature convened Nov. 2 for a second day of special session bill introduction.
Gov. Dave Heineman called the session to consider legislation relating to oil pipelines.
LB4, introduced by Schuyler Sen. Chris Langemeier, would adopt the Oil Pipeline Route Certification Act. Among other provisions, LB4 would establish an application and certification process for oil pipeline routing in Nebraska.
Under the bill, authority to issue a route certification for a proposed pipeline would rest with the governor. The bill would establish a panel of experts – including representatives of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Department of Natural Resources, Game and Parks Commission and Public Service Commission – to advise the governor.
LB4 also would require DEQ to receive applications and hold a public meeting regarding a proposed pipeline route.
Lincoln Sen. Bill Avery introduced LB3, which would change provisions relating to eminent domain and easements for pipelines. The bill would require prior approval from any controlling federal or state authority before granting eminent domain rights or easements for a pipeline.
Senators will reconvene Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. to continue bill introduction.
Public hearings on proposed legislation will begin Nov 7 at 10 a.m. Live video streaming of all proceedings is provided by Nebraska Educational Television.