Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is seeking clarification for a problem that could rise if state lawmakers decide to reroute a controversial oil pipeline.
The Keystone XL pipeline faces criticism in Nebraska because it would cross over part of the Ogallala aquifer. The U.S. State Department will decide whether to approve a federal permit, but federal officials say states have authority over the pipeline route.
Heineman has asked Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones for clarification: What would happen if state lawmakers reroute the Keystone XL pipeline away from the Ogallala aquifer, but the U.S. State Department approves the current route over it? Would the Legislature's decision require officials to reroute the Nebraska portion of the pipeline?
Heineman says he believes granting federal approval would include a specific route.