5 Neb. senators urge delay in pipeline decision
LINCOLN, Neb. — Five of Nebraska's 49 state senators have jumped into the political debate over how quickly federal officials should decide whether to approve a pipeline that would carry Canadian tar sands oil to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico. The state senators wrote a letter urging that the decision on the project be delayed until next May, so Nebraska would have another chance to pass oil pipeline regulations.
The U.S. State Department has said it would decide by the end of the year. Congressional Republicans are trying to set a Nov. 1 deadline.
TransCanada's proposed Keystone CL project is designed to carry oil from Canada across Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas,
Oklahoma and Texas. TransCanada also has proposed connecting it to the Bakken oil field in Montana and North Dakota.