A Nebraska District Court ruled Wednesday that a Nebraska law is unconstitutional that could have cleared the way for the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada.
The law, passed by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Heineman in 2012, was challenged by three Nebraska landowners.
Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy agreed with the landowners, that under Nebraska’s State Constitution, exclusive regulatory control over pipeline companies must be exercised by the Nebraska Public Service Commission and cannot be given to the governor, which the 2012 law did.
Stacy issued a 50-page ruling.
“Under the Court’s ruling, TransCanada has no approved route in Nebraska," said Dave Domina, the attorney for the landowners. "TransCanada is not authorized to condemn the property against Nebraska landowners. T
he pipeline project is at standstill in this state.”
Domina said the decision brings the pipeline project to a standstill in Nebraska.
“This case is not about the merits of any pipeline in particular,” Domina said. “This is a landowner rights case involving whether a specific statute was invalid under the Nebraska State Constitution.”