Many Questions Left Over Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline

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There are perhaps more questions than answers following a judge

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There are perhaps more questions than answers following a judge's decision that Nebraska's Keystone XL Pipeline Law is unconstitutional. Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy decided the part of the bill that gave the Governor full approval wasn't legal.

Attorney General Jon Bruning said he's appealing. But where does it go from here?

Dave Domina has been representing land owners in this case. He said they'll fight until TransCanada treats Nebraskans like neighbors.

The landowners had seven different objections to the bill. The one that the judge agreed with was that the pipeline had to be approved by the Public Service Commission.

Domina said he thinks the bill skirting the commission was some type of a political favor.

Ultimately, he doesn't believe the Unicameral can fix how landowners feel TransCanada is treating them.

"The legislature can't spank them and make them behave. It can empower the Public Service Commission to tell them if you don't behave, you don't get a permit," he said.

Senator Annette Dubas said even though she supports the pipeline, she hopes the appeal fails.

Senator Dubas introduced a different bill regarding the pipeline during the special session back in 2011. LB1 did require that the pipeline be approved through the Public Service Commission, but ultimately the current law was chosen. She said she knew this bill was unconstitutional.

"That was one of the questions I had when we did [LB] 1161. Was why are we going this way? We passed those bills in special session, a process was in place," she said.

Now, it's up to the Supreme Court. Domina thinks it could go about a year. 10/1 News will follow this story and bring you the latest information as we have it.


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