Omaha Public Radio News
2:28 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Gov. Heineman calls special session on Keystone XL pipeline project

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is calling a special session on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Governor Heineman announced Monday afternoon that the special session will begin November 1. Heineman says a special session is necessary to discuss alternative routes for the controversial pipeline project. "There may be alternatives, but it won't be easy. Additionally, there is no question that this is a potential legal mine field. However, I believe Nebraskans are expecting our best efforts to determine if alternatives exist."

Last week, Senator Mike Flood, the Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature, announced his opposition to a special session on the pipeline project. Flood issued a statement Monday saying he welcomes a special session.

The State Department is expected to make a decision on TransCanada's Keystone XL project by the end of the year. Governor Heineman wants the department to deny permits unless the pipeline route is changed.