It is time to take action on the Special Session. Starting on Halloween, we ask that you go to your state senator's home or office. We do not want any treats or tricks, all we want is their vote to re-route the pipeline. Then, on Nov. 4th we will gather as citizens and landowners to learn about the special session process and come up with a clear list of expectations for common sense oil pipeline regulations.
Trick or Vote October 31st Your Town There's one day every year where people expect a knock on their door: Halloween. It's an opportunity we don't want to waste since the Pipeline Special Session starts the next day. Some of you, especially in rural districts, are very familiar with your state senators and know where they live. That's why we're asking bold pipeline fighters to knock on their state senator's door and ask not for candy but that they vote to reroute the pipe.
New legal memos from Alan Peterson and David Domina outline the state's role in regulating oil pipelines. These memos were drafted in response to state senators' concerns about the constitutionality of passing state-based regulations. They outline the particulars of what a state can and cannot do to regulate oil pipelines.
TransCanada is threatening landowners like Randy, our land, water and way of life. As citizens, we can stop the pipeline and make sure our state elected officials--including Gov. Heineman--pass regulations to ensure our land and water are safe from risky tarsands pipelines.
TransCanadas first pipeline has had 14 spills in one year when they said their pipeline would have 11 spills over 50 years. We know the real number is oil leaks is more like 91 spills, according to Dr. Stansbury from the University of Nebraska's independent study.
Gov. Heineman announced he is calling a special session to deal with pipeline issues. The state senators will report to the state capitol on Nov. 1st to hopefully pass significant pieces of legislation to deal with not only the route of the pipeline but also major gaps in our laws on items such as landowner liability, eminent domain, road repairs, water quality and more.
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On Saturday, 200 citizens carved into pumpkins, "91 leaks and 0 regulations is scary. Call a special session Governor Heineman." Jane Kleeb stood with them in front of the Governor's Mansion and delivered this message:
Join us tomorrow anytime between noon and six to carve Pumpkins Against the Pipeline. We need 91 volunteers to carve a special message to Heineman, then we will march at 7 pm--all are welcome! Here’s your Roundup:
Editor's Note:Cindy Myers lives near Stuart, Nebraska only a few miles from the proposed Keystone XL route. From day one she has been an outspoken critic of the pipeline because of the risk it poses to the water. She is a nurse who drinks unfiltered water every day from the Ogallala Aquifer and has thoroughly researched the dangers of a pipeline leak & the health risks. This is her response to TransCanada's letter to Speaker Flood.
Updated, 10/19, 11:45am:Speaker Flood sent a letter to Gov. Heineman today stating we do not have the constitutional authority to change the pipeline route and therefore do not need a special session. Our only question, when is tee time? It is crystal clear Flood, Heineman, and the others would rather be golfing than working.