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Legal wrangling continues over XL pipeline route in Neb.

Feb 26, 2014 | 07:01 PM |

Tags  TransCanada, Keystone XL, pipeline, Nebraska, David A. Domina, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — Legal wrangling over the route of TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska continues, with both sides claiming temporary victory.

After a group of landowners won an injunction last week against a local law granting passage of the pipeline (, Feb. 20), TransCanada is claiming that the Nebraska attorney general’s appeal of the ruling shortly after keeps its route intact.

"This action (the appeal) stays the lower court decision, meaning L.B.1161 is still valid and the Keystone XL reroute in Nebraska that was evaluated by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and approved by the governor remains in effect," a spokesman for the Calgary, Alberta-based pipeline operator told AMM via e-mail.

However, David A. Domina, lawyer for the landowners, said TransCanada is wrong in its interpretation of the law. "The defendant officials are bound to abide by this decision until it is altered by the Supreme Court," he said in a statement, meaning that "nothing can be done by the governor or other defendants until the Supreme Court speaks."

The proposed pipeline is still awaiting a presidential permit.

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