Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has contacted TransCanada directly, urging the energy company to reroute a proposed oil pipeline through Nebraska. The plan is to bring the pipeline across the Ogallala Aquifer.
Heineman told reporters Wednesday that he has had "very candid and very direct" conversations with TransCanada executives twice in the last 10 days. He says he warned company officials about growing in-state opposition to the proposed route.
Heineman has urged federal officials to reject the pipeline unless another route is chosen.
Pipeline opponents have urged Heineman to call a special legislative session so lawmakers can regulate where the line runs. Heineman said lawmakers missed their chance this year and don't have the votes. The Republican governor also took aim Wednesday at the "deafening" silence on the issue from several Democratic state lawmakers.