Judge strikes down Nebraska's approval of Keystone XL route


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.

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  • saratogahawk
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    You can bet this judge is an Obama appointee
    19 Feb 2014, 05:24 PM Reply Like
  • monkey see
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    Dont let your prejudices get in the way of the facts.

     

    Stephanie Stacy is the Lancaster County judge who made the decision.Obama only has power to appoint federal judges which must be approved by the Senate.Obama can not appoint state or local judges.
    19 Feb 2014, 05:49 PM Reply Like
  • evan.prospect
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    Regardless of the judgement, it seems like the opponents of the pipeline are cutting of their nose to spite their face.
    19 Feb 2014, 07:12 PM Reply Like
  • nishtu
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    Money talks and BSwalks..
    19 Feb 2014, 08:08 PM Reply Like
  • aow
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    You do realize that the president appoints federal judges and has no power to appoint state judges (i.e. the judge here), right?
    20 Feb 2014, 08:12 AM Reply Like
  • jersey27fan
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    @Saratoga

     

    Gov Heineman appointed her...Google it
    23 Feb 2014, 11:56 PM Reply Like
  • saratogahawk
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    jersey27 you are right. She is a county judge and not a federal judge. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.
    24 Feb 2014, 09:37 AM Reply Like
  • warrenrial
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    Obama put himself above the law.
    19 Feb 2014, 06:59 PM Reply Like
  • TMac
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    I'm not sure what this has to with this article at all......
    19 Feb 2014, 07:10 PM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts
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    Obama killed 4 American citizens without granting them the right to a trial.
    20 Feb 2014, 12:20 AM Reply Like
  • Randal James
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    Think of the money he saved.
    20 Feb 2014, 02:42 AM Reply Like
  • bankstocks
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    A county judges ruling in the U.S. today is MEANINGLESS. I was in County Court in LEE COUNTY, Florida. The judges ruling had NOTHING to do with the facts and the law. IT was a joke and a sham. I assume all county courts in the U.S. regarding cival matters are equally absurd.

     

    My lawyer who was with a top law firm in the area said I could appeal to a State appellate court and we would get this judges ruling overturned by the case would come right back to that same stupid or crooked( I could not figure out which) judge again for a retrial, and we could get the same moronic result.

     

    Really, it was insulting to my intelligence. So, who knows about this judge in County Court in NB.
    19 Feb 2014, 08:06 PM Reply Like
  • nishtu
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    Its a mockery of a sham. I quote Woody Allen
    19 Feb 2014, 08:09 PM Reply Like
  • Larry Smith
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    I laugh at how hard all the greenies are trying to block the Keystone pipeline, the oil is already coming, will continue to come and Keystone or not, the oil sands will be developed.

     

    A county judge ruling will be appealed and probably overturned. My guess is the greenies filed in that county because they knew they had the best chance of winning there.

     

    In the end, it doesn't matter, millions of barrels are already coming.
    19 Feb 2014, 08:19 PM Reply Like
  • Sumflow
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    If they want to get that oil out, not by train or by truck. They better get that Trans Mountain pipeline approved.
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    Canada: http://bit.ly/1ft96LB
    19 Feb 2014, 09:42 PM Reply Like
  • tomdgascop
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    What we need is to take back the senate, keep congress . Then 2016 the presidency. Then we can build the pipeline create jobs... Get rid of Obama care...Lower taxes and stop all the wasteful spending. Fire up the coal mines more jobs and lower electricity prices . Get this economy moving full speed ahead.The America where everybody gets a fair shot no favorites  !
    19 Feb 2014, 11:10 PM Reply Like
  • Wierhangers
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    Imagine me telling Canada and Canadians that I'm shipping a highly toxic tar oil across their pristine water ways so i can ship it to a foreign country !
    19 Feb 2014, 11:12 PM Reply Like
  • KeithRichards
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    As A Berkshire Hathaway shareholder, i can say that I am quite pleased with this. No Keystone equals more profits for BNSF. I wouldn't be surprised if Buffet had something to do with this although he is trying to play both sides.
    19 Feb 2014, 11:15 PM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts
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    Stones musician?
    20 Feb 2014, 12:20 AM Reply Like
  • ellaruth
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    Was this judge appointed by former Senator/Gov Ben Nelson?
    19 Feb 2014, 11:15 PM Reply Like
  • Randal James
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    positive,

     

    how will you feel, when the tiniest little votes are counted the Dems retain control of the WH? Bad platform or personal bad tie?
    20 Feb 2014, 02:51 AM Reply Like
  • Saltyman
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    Koch Bros. do not approve of this decision.
    20 Feb 2014, 03:10 AM Reply Like
  • Randal James
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    Salty

     

    I feel for them. It must suck to be among the world's wealthiest billionaires and have things NOT go your way.
    20 Feb 2014, 10:10 AM Reply Like
  • kevwatch
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    sure hope they block it. what a mess up there in the tar sands
    24 Feb 2014, 08:46 PM Reply Like
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