Judge strikes down Nebraska's approval of Keystone XL route

|By:, SA News Editor

A Nebraska judge strikes down a law that allowed the Keystone XL (TRP) oil pipeline to proceed through the state, a victory for opponents who have tried to block the project.

In invalidating Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's approval of the route, the judge agreed with opponents' arguments that the law passed in 2011 improperly delegated the decision-making power to Heineman to give the company eminent domain powers within the state.

The ruling means the governor's office has no role to play in the pipeline, and decisions within the state must be made by the Public Service Commission; Pres. Obama still must decide on a federal permit for the project.