Special Nebraska Legislative Session May Re-Route Tar Sands Pipeline

Click here to read a news release from the office of Governor Dave Heineman of Nebraska.

The Governor has announced a special legislative session to attempt a statutory solution to siting problems associated with the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

The Governor and many prominent elected leaders in Nebraska have expressed concerns about the impact a spill could have on the Ogallala Aquifer which supplies approximately 80% of the state’s water.

The Ogallala Aquifer also supplies about 40% of the water consumed in Texas.  Once in Texas, the proposed pipeline route would also cross the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer which supplies water to 60 counties in East Texas and as many as 12 million people.