Keystone route ruling should be overturned, Nebraska governor says

|By:, SA News Editor

A court challenge holding up the Keystone XL (TRP +0.6%) pipeline should be dismissed, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says as he asks the state’s top court to throw out a trial judge’s February ruling that the route for the pipeline was approved without proper authority.

The Nebraska Supreme Court may not hear the case until at least September and probably will not rule until after November's congressional elections; if the court upholds the trial outcome, Keystone would need to apply to the state’s Public Service Commission for approval in a process that could take as much as seven months.

The trial judge erred in allowing a challenge by three property owners to move forward because they hadn’t shown they had been injured as taxpayers by the state’s plan, the governor said in a court filing yesterday.