by Bill Kelly and Fred Knap, NetNebraska.org
A deeply-divided Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the law under which former Gov. Dave Heineman approved the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline through the state. And while attention shifted to Washington, where President Obama is expected to make a final decision on the pipeline, further legal wrangling in Nebraska remained a possibility.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, on his first full day on the job, said Friday’s ruling was good news, since now there were “no legal hindrances” to interfere with digging the trenches through Nebraska for the Keystone XL Pipeline.
‘It’s an involved decision but we are pleased that the statute was held to be still in effect,” Peterson said. “We can move ahead with the Keystone pipeline.” (Click here to read the opinion).
There may be additional issues to resolve. The court’s opinion left untouched the central legal question that prompted the lawsuit, whether it was constitutional to give the governor a role in approving the route of the pipeline. Continue reading Nebraska Supreme Court upholds Keystone XL siting law