“A judge has ruled in favor of three landowners who challenged the constitutionality of a state law used to reroute the Keystone XL pipeline,” the Omaha World Herald reports.
Judge Stephanie Stacy “ruled Wednesday that the 2012 law improperly gave the governor authority to approve the pipeline route… The judge said regulatory control over pipeline companies rests with the Nebraska Public Service Commission. She granted a permanent injunction to prevent Gov. Dave Heineman and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality from taking further action to advance the pipeline.”
“The ruling would appear to mean TransCanada, the company seeking to build the crude oil pipeline, will have to seek approval again for its route.”
The AP notes the ruling “could cause more delays in finishing the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries.”