Author: Ben Gotschall

PSC Releases Revised Rules, Announces Hearing

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On August 21, the Nebraska Public Service Commission released its Third Set of Proposed Rules in regards to the Major Oil Pipeline Siting Act–a law that our state leaders made TransCanada exempt from following (unless the Citizen Lawsuit against LB 1161 is successful). Some highlights of the revisions include: PSC includes a definition of a […]
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PSC Oil Pipeline Rules and Regs, Be Involved

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Bold Nebraska submitted comments to the Nebraska Public Service Commission request for public comment as they create the rules and regulations around oil pipeline route certification. We also submitted a legal/policy “green paper” from the Domina Law Group outlining the legal authority the state of Nebraska has when it comes to oil pipelines and eminent […]
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LB 1161 Throws Nebraskans Under the Bus

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After sitting through the hearing for LB 1161, I am quite sure that Sen. Smith’s bill is unnecessary and harmful to Nebraskans and goes against the spirit and intent of laws passed during the Special Session.  Time after time at the hearing, when questioned on items of concern in his bill (and I use the […]
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NPPD Board Passes Pipeline Resolution

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After several comments from almost a dozen Nebraska citizens asking the NPPD board to vote down a resolution on TransCanada’s Keystone Export Pipeline, the board voted 9-1 to pass the resolution. Board member Mary Harding was the lone dissenter, after voicing opinions contrary to her peers. Harding basically argued (and we agree) that the resolution, which […]
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Dear TransCanada, Nebraskans Want Facts

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Dear TransCanada, I am writing as a Nebraska citizen representing other Nebraska citizens concerned with what seems to be inconsistencies in the information presented to the public by your company regarding tax revenues and job creation in our state. Back in 2007, before the first Keystone Pipeline was built in Nebraska, your representatives told Nebraska […]
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Keystone XL Won’t Replace Iranian Oil

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Once again, Big Oil and their supporters are trying to use unrest in the Middle East as an excuse to justify the risky and unecessary Keystone XL pipeline. This week, in response to economic sanctions attempting to curb Iran’s nuclear threat, Iranian military officials have threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a major overseas […]
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Keystone XL: Risky Business?

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As much as we pipeline opponents have been accused of being “too emotional” by TransCanada, by their pet supporters at AFP and Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence, and by TransCanada-sponsored politicians and contrary to Nebraska State Sen. Christensen’s arm-waving assertion that we simply don’t understand basic economics, some things have come to light that […]
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My Letter to State Senator Langemeier

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Bold Nebraska will post Senator Langemeir’s response when received. This letter is a good example of a longer letter to a state senator. Letters can be also brief. Make sure you ask a question so you get a response. Remember to be respectful, but firm. As citizens we deserve to know where our state senators […]
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