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Keystone XL Pipeline Foes File 2 New Lawsuits in Nebraska

Friday, 16 Jan 2015 06:58 PM

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska have filed two new lawsuits over the proposed route, after the state's Supreme Court recently tossed a previous legal challenge.

Landowners in Holt and York counties filed lawsuits Friday against pipeline developer TransCanada to stop the Canadian company from using eminent domain power to gain access to their land.

Their attorney, Dave Domina, says the lawsuits closely resemble the claim the court dismissed. But he says this time, all of the landowners have legal standing to bring the case.

That's important, because three judges last time said the landowners lacked standing. Four of the court's seven judges declared the law unconstitutional, but five were required.

The lawsuits seek to overturn a law that allowed former Gov. Dave Heineman to approve the route.

In another development, the State Department told other federal agencies on Friday it needs to hear their views on the Keystone XL pipeline by Feb. 2 as officials conclude their assessment of the controversial project.

The State Department is reviewing whether the proposed pipeline by TransCanada Corp. is in the U.S. national interest and is taking input from eight federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior, Commerce, and Homeland Security departments.

"Once we have received all of the information needed for completion of the review, that information has been analyzed, and the final documents have been prepared, a determination will be made," a State Department official said.

The pipeline, which would take Canadian oil to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast, has become a point of contention between the Republican-dominated U.S. Congress and the Obama administration, which wants the State Department to complete its review of plans for the pipeline before making a decision.

Republicans are pushing for the pipeline as a project that will create jobs and provide energy security for the United States. The House has passed a bill for the pipeline and the Senate is scheduled to vote on it this month, despite the threat of a veto from President Obama, who has questioned how beneficial it will be for the United States.

The State Department has jurisdiction over the pipeline since it crosses the border. It considers factors such as energy supplies and the pipeline's impact on the environment and economy.

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska have filed two new lawsuits over the proposed route, after the state's Supreme Court recently tossed a previous legal challenge.
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