Neb. pipeline regulations bills stuck in committee

Three bills intended to regulate and oversee interstate oil pipelines that venture into Nebraska likely won't make it out of legislative committee. The bills were aimed at plans by TransCanada to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, which would pass over parts of the Ogallala aquifer.

The Legislature's Natural Resources Committee this week voted not to move Cedar Rapids Sen. Kate Sullivan's bill (LB629) to the full Legislature. That bill would have required pipeline companies to show proof of financial responsibility to cover the costs of cleanup of spills.

Sullivan had named the measure her priority bill, which are customarily advanced and debated by the full Legislature. Lawmakers who introduced two other bills intended to regulate pipelines in the state say they've been told their measures won't be advanced either.