Several Lawmakers Sign Letter Showing Support for Keystone XL Pipeline


Nearly 30 of Nebraska's state lawmakers have signed a letter of support for the Keystone XL pipeline.

Of the state's 49 state senators, 29 signed the letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The letter urges federal approval of the pipeline meant to carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to refineries in the Texas Gulf Coast.

The fight over the pipeline's route through Nebraska has continued over several years and has included a recent ruling by a district judge invalidating a state law used to approve the project. However the state is appealing that decision.

Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion gathered the signatures for the letter, which was signed by 22 Republicans and seven Democrats.

The list of state senators who signed the letter includes: Jim Smith, SteveLathrop, Mike Gloor, Russ Karpisek, Beau McCoy, John Murante, John Nelson,Galen Hadley, Bill Avery, Ken Schilz, Scott Lautenbaugh, Bill Kintner, JohnHarms, Dave Bloomfield, Tom Hansen, Heath Mello, Jerry Johnson, Brad Ashford,Mark Christensen, Paul Schumacher, Tommy Garrett, Tom Carlson, Al Davis, DanWatermeier, Bob Krist, Jim Scheer, John Wightman, Burke Harr and JeremyNordquist.