On Saturday, January 10, groups opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline rallied at the White House to urge the administration to stop it after the new Republican-led Congress made getting the pipeline built its first issue of business.
On Thursday, the Senate Energy Committee passed a bill to expedite the construction of the northern leg of the KXL. On Friday, the House passed its version of the bill. The full Senate will begin debating the bill on Monday.
Also on Friday, the Nebraska State Supreme Court ruled against three landowners in the Keystone XL’s path, and upheld the constitutionality of a law which they had challenged.
TransCanada, the company that wants to build the pipeline, has been locked in a struggle for five years with indigenous groups, environmentalists and landowners from seven states, including Nebraska and South Dakota. TransCanada has already built the southern leg of the pipeline. Continue reading Keystone XL Opponents Undaunted After Tough Week in Congress and Court