Antelope County pipeline hearing scheduled for Monday

NELIGH -  If a group of citizens gets its way, any oil pipeline in Antelope County will be located half-a-mile from any well.  That’s the setback that will be discussed at a public hearing Monday night at 8 p.m. in the Antelope County Courthouse in Neligh. The proposed regulation would set a 2500-foot setback for pipelines from all wells – domestic and irrigation – as well as from any house or business.  The proposed route for the Keystone XL pipeline would enter Antelope County on the northwest and travel to the southeast before turning south and entering Boone County. Antelope County resident Art Tanderup says the county has sandy soils over gravel, and he is concerned about the impact of any spills on the aquifer.  He believes the county has the power to pass zoning laws, and disagrees with those who say it would be in direct conflict with state and federal regulations.