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October 11, 2011

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State senator rents land to TransCanada while negotiating

by Deena Winter

Sen. Annette Dubas


State Sen. Annette Dubas is one of four senators meeting today with the Canadian oil company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska.

She also has a conflict of interest — the Fullerton senator’s family rents and owns land that TransCanada would be building a pipeline on. Dubas disclosed this conflict of interest to the state Accountabiity & Disclosure Commission in February 2010, but said she still intended to participate in discussions about the pipeline because it’s an important issue in her district.

Dubas and three other senators are meeting with the oil company today to discuss concerns about the pipeline path — and some lawmakers want to hold a special legislative session about the pipeline, which has faced significant opposition in Nebraska.

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  1. porcupine
    Oct 11 2011

    What a shame.

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  2. Roberta
    Oct 12 2011

    What do you expect in Lincoln and the politics of this City and State.

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  3. Jane H Kinsey
    Oct 12 2011

    Amen, Roberta. In addition, I have heard that those whose land is being sold to TransCanada
    will get to keep the money even if the pipeline fails. All the more reason for them to try to to defeat it. Of course, these owners say imminent domain forced them to sell, which is true, but how about these ethics?

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