The U.S. State Department is offering to meet again with Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, lawmakers and other state officials who have concerns about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones said in a letter to
Heineman that the department has worked closely and cooperatively
with other states where the oil pipeline is expected to cross.
The letter came in response to a written inquiry from Heineman
as to whether the state has authority to choose the pipeline's
route. Heineman has questioned whether the state has that power,
because the pipeline originates in Canada and requires State
The governor has said he would welcome the project, but only if
pipeline operator TransCanada agreed to move it away from
groundwater-rich Nebraska Sandhills.