Myth vs. Fact: Nebraska’s Oil Pipeline Reclamation Act

MYTH: Legislation such as Nebraska’s Oil Pipeline Reclamation Act slated to “protect” states from potential damages caused by the Keystone do not hold TransCanada fully responsible for all incidents that could occur.

FACT: The Oil Pipeline Reclamation Act [1]sets rules for pipeline companies, such as TransCanada, to follow, but allows for other agreements made between a company and landowner to supersede the law. The Act is based on tried and true reclamation laws in Montana and South Dakota. Grading, seeding, and restoring cropland are all covered under the legislation and pipeline companies are held responsible.

[1] Nebraska State Legislature, Legislative Bill 845, April 2012

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