While the company refuses to move the pipeline it is proposing a six point plan (see all six below) it believes will help alleviate fears of a massive leak.
The plan includes a $100 million bond “made available” to the State of Nebraska if TransCanada fails to clean up a spill. It also finds the company willing to locate equipment and manpower in the Sandhills in order to respond to a leak in less than 2 hours “versus the federal requirement of 12 hours.”
TransCanada’s proposal was received by the Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood today. During a four-and-a- half hour meeting with the company last week Flood and three other lawmakers urged TransCanada to do what it could to guarantee that any leak will be plugged faster than fast.
TransCanada has insisted that the pipeline is state of the art safe.
According to a statement from Flood’s office, the Speaker has not had an opportunity to review TransCanada’s offer and is not commenting at this time.
Reported by Joe Jordan, [email protected]
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Editor’s note: TransCanada’s Six Point Proposal.
- To provide additional assurance of TransCanada’s commitment to clean up accidental releases of oil, we are prepared to provide and maintain a performance bond of $100 million, to be made available to the State of Nebraska if TransCanada does not clean up a spill in the Sandhills. We will be happy to discuss how such a bond would work at your convenience.
- TransCanada would construct a concrete containment structure surrounding the Keystone XL pump station #22 in Holt County. In the event of a spill, the containment structure will inhibit oil from mixing with surface water.
- TransCanada would locate oil spill response equipment and personnel in the Sandhills region to minimize initial spill site response time to less than 2 hours versus the federal requirement of 12 hours.
- TransCanada would install concrete coating, rock jacket or other protective materials that will fully encircle the pipeline in the Sandhills where the water table is near at or at the surface for significant distance. Engineering analysis has identified approximately 35 miles of pipeline between milepost 600 and milepost 677 as having a water table that could potentially be at or near the surface.
- TransCanada would offer to conduct water well testing for all interested Landowners that have water wells within 300 feet from the centerline of the proposed pipeline in the Sandhills region. Baseline samples would be collected prior to placing the pipeline in service. Subsequently, in the event of a significant spill in this region, TransCanada would conduct water well sampling for wells within 300 feet of the spill site. TransCanada will provide an alternate water supply for any well where the water quality is compromised by a spill.
- Prior to construction TransCanada would select, subject to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality approval, and pay for a public liaison officer to facilitate the exchange of information between TransCanada’s contractors and employees, and landowners, local communities and residents. The purpose would be to respond to any questions or concerns and to resolve promptly any complaints or problems that may develop as a result of the pipeline during construction. The public liaison officer shall report to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.