Oil pipeline bills in Nebraska headed for approval

Nebraska nears final approval of bills to regulate Keystone XL and other oil pipelines

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A compromise that would let Nebraska influence the route of the Keystone XL and other major oil pipelines has won final approval.

Gov. Dave Heineman signed two bills into law Tuesday to regulate oil pipelines within the state's borders.

One measure would subject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to a state environmental review. The other would direct the Public Service Commission to review future projects with public input.

Jane Kleeb, executive director of the group Bold Nebraska, has scheduled news conference to outline how pipeline critics will proceed once the special session ends. Bold Nebraska has led a citizen campaign against the Keystone XL along with environmental groups and landowners.

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