Nebraska may pass Keystone pipeline bill
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The Nebraska legislature, meeting in a special session to deal specifically with the Keystone XL pipeline that would cross their state, may be on the verge of passing a bill that could give the governor control over the route that pipeline would take.
On Wednesday, the Natural Resources Committee voted 7-1 to send a bill to the full legislature that would require all oil pipeline companies to have the routes of their pipelines certified by a state panel headed by the governor before starting construction.
It is an open legal question whether the passage of such a bill would be legally viable, since the approval of the project is up to the federal government at this point.