LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's newest candidate for the U.S. Senate has worked in court against allowing TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline to move forward in the state. Now he is campaigning to have the opportunity to express his concerns about the oil pipeline and other issues in Congress.
Attorney David Domina launched his campaign Tuesday with a speech in the Capitol Rotunda, where he said oil pipelines are necessary but blasted TransCanada as irresponsible.
"That company has to be a responsible corporate citizen and has to display the ability to be a neighbor to the people it's going to punch its line through or it's not fit to build the pipeline," said Domina, who represents Nebraska landowners challenging the state law that allowed TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline to proceed.
TransCanada has been operating in Nebraska since the 1980s and has worked hard to be a good neighbor, said spokesman Shawn Howard. For example, the Judiciary Committee agreed TransCanada followed Nebraska rules and processes relating to eminent domain, he said.
"TransCanada has worked very hard to be open and responsive to all landowner concerns, including those who may not support our pipeline," he said.
The proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline would bring oil from Canada's oil sands and the Bakken Shale in North Dakota to oil refineries near Houston. Backers say the project would create jobs and boost North American energy independence. Environmental groups have derided the proposed pipeline as a major contributor to global warming and say they are worried about spills of tar sands oil, which is heavier than conventional oil.
Domina also discussed the federal health care overhaul, saying that the law has problems, but it should be fixed, not thrown out. For example, he said, the enrollment process is cumbersome.