TransCanada Responds

NORFOLK - Concrete coating or other protective materials around a portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline is one safeguard proposed from the company working to site the project. The proposals come following a meeting last week in Norfolk with Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood and three other lawmakers over potential groundwater contamination concerns surrounding the pipeline in the Nebraska Sandhills. TransCanada's Energy and Oil Pipeline President Alex Pourbaix says in a letter to Flood, they are also proposing a $100 million dollar performance bond payable to Nebraska if the company fails to clean up a spill in the Sandhills as well as putting oil spill response equipment in the region, among other safeguards. Flood says he has has not had an opportunity to fully review Tuesday's letter and would not comment further at this time.