Keystone XL Pipeline
The Keystone XL pipeline is one of the few issues that ordinary Nebraskans connect with the Public Service Commission. It is also an issue that I have taken public positions on from the early days of the controversy. Now that I’m running for a seat on the Commission that must decide the future of the KXL, I feel a need to clarify my intentions.
The Public Service Commission is a regulatory body which must make rules for a wide variety of activities, entities, and services. These range from 911 Emergency call systems to the makers of manufactured homes and trailers as well as oil and gas pipelines. This process calls for attention to evidence presented to the Commission and the existing rules and laws that are relevant. The integrity of this process is of vital importance to the people of Nebraska. I pledge to you that I will hold myself to a high standard in this regard.
On July 5, 2011 the Lincoln Journal Star published my column titled The solution to Keystone pipeline’s tar sands goo. It read, in part, “Leave ‘tar sands’ goo in the ground where it is mixed with sand and rock and muck. In Canada. That is where it belongs, not in the ground along the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, including in Nebraska. …
“For the sake of the Ogallala Aquifer, for the sake of Nebraska, especially for the sake of unborn generations and today’s young people, it is our duty to say, ‘leave it in the ground!’ “
That is a pretty clear and strong opinion. You may wonder, “Can John enter the process as a Commissioner and consider this issue with the care and fairness that it deserves?”
That is a fair and reasonable question. I assure you you that I can, and I will!
In fact, I believe that it’s important to hold ourselves to a high standard of honesty and forthright behavior for several reasons.