Insisting he’s not out to change Governor Dave Heineman’s mind on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a top Canadian official is scheduled to meet with Heineman in Lincoln today to discuss the $7 billion project.
Gary Doer, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., is expected to sit down behind closed doors with Heineman. Earlier this month the Governor announced his opposition to the controversial pipeline’s current route through Nebraska’s Sandhills and over the Ogallala Aquifer which supplies 80 percent of the state’s drinking and farming water. Heineman says he wants TransCanada to reroute the pipeline to the eastern part of Nebraska.
Doer’s visit comes one day before Nebraskans roll out for the first of two key U.S. State Department public hearings on the XL—Tuesday in Lincoln and Thursday in Atkinson, Ne.
Following those meetings Heineman said TransCanada didn’t change his mind on the project and he didn’t think he changed the company’s position.
According to the Edmonton Journal newspaper Doer is not planning a hard sell. “We’re going to go over how we perceive the merit of the pipeline,” said the ambassador. “(Governor Heineman’s) not going to change my views and I’m not going to change his views.”
Heineman has been opposed to a special session of the Nebraska Legislature on the pipeline; specifically State Senator Ken Haar’s push for more state regulations.
Just last week the Governor said lawmakers didn’t act earlier this year because they didn’t have the votes. “It doesn’t make much sense to have a special session to the tune of $10,000 a day of taxpayer money when they’re not likely to act,” said the Governor.
Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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