Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) wants to rush the TransCanada pipeline. Rather than base the decision on science, he rushed a bill (HR 1938) through the House Energy and Commerce Committee that says Sec. Clinton must make a decision by Nov. 1st, even if the studies have not been finalized.
We wrote about Terry and his reckless bill last week, you can see that post here complete with a video of him giving talking points straight from API, a group TransCanada sent to our state to push this risky pipeline project.
The bill now goes to the full House for a vote. We understand that vote will take place in early July. If the bill passes the House, it faces a BIG hurdle in the Senate, we do not see his bill having the votes in the Senate to pass.
However, this is a very clear sign as to where Rep. Terry stands. We stand with landowners like Randy. Terry stands with TransCanada, a foreign company that bullies landowners.
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Below are comments from leaders in Nebraska on the Rep. Terry’s bill to rush the pipeline:
Duane Hovorka, Nebraska Wildlife Federation
Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska
“Rep. Terry’s reckless bill will only bring regret for America’s energy policy and Nebraska landowners. Instead of encouraging a thorough, scientific analysis on the risks of the Keystone XL to the Ogallala Aquifer, the bill rushes the process. Last summer’s tarsands oil spill in Michigan showed that we cannot blindly trust foreign oil companies to be good stewards of our natural resources. Rep. Terry should be holding companies like TransCanada accountable and protecting landowners not helping TransCanada bully their way through America’s land and water. It is time Terry stands with landowners like Randy and not foreign oil companies like TransCanada. His vote today shows us whose side he is on and its not with Nebraskans.”
Ken Winston, Nebraska Sierra Club
“This bill is a partisan attempt to support a foreign corporation and the profiteering of big oil companies. These Washington politicians evidently believe Hillary Clinton and State Department bureaucrats should make a decision about the future of America’s most valuable resource, the Ogallala aquifer, without obtaining the necessary scientific input to protect this vulnerable resource. They should instead follow the reasonable recommendations of respected Nebrasa scientists to conduct studies and heed the request of a bipartisan group of Nebraska legislators for time to enact appropriate standards to protect our precious clean, fresh water for our nation’s future.”