Norfolk Meeting On Oil Pipeline Concerns

NORFOLK (AP) - A representative for a Canadian pipeline operator that wants to run a crude oil line through Nebraska says the concerns now being raised might have been addressed if state senators had spoken earlier. Alex Pourbaix, president of TransCanada Corp.'s energy and oil pipelines, says changing the route now would seriously jeopardize the project. The issue was one of several discussed during a four-hour, closed-door meeting in Norfolk with several state lawmakers. The meeting was organized by Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood, amid pressure to convene a special session. The pipeline has drawn opposition from those who fear it will leak and contaminate the Ogallala aquifer, which supplies drinking and irrigation water to eight states.