One of the three landowners who sued the state over the Keystone XL oil pipeline legislation says he couldn’t see the court ruling any other way.
Randy Thompson of Martell, who has become the face of opposition to TransCanada, says he’s pleased with the court ruling that throws out the law that approved the re-route of the Keystone XL pipeline.
“The true intentions of this bill (LB 1161) were so obvious, I really couldn’t see how the court could rule any other way,” Thompson tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate WNAX. “Quite obvious that a foreign corporation had written their own legislation and had got our legislators to pass it.”
Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie Stacy ruled the Nebraska State Constitution gives exclusive regulatory control over pipeline companies, such as TransCanada, to the Nebraska Public Service Commission. The judge ruled the legislature violated the constitution by giving such power to the governor.
Thompson, Susan Dunavan, and Susan Luebbe brought the lawsuit against the state after the Unicameral approved the legislation.
Thompson expresses relief in wake of the court victory.
“I guess the one thing I feel great relief in, at least for now, is the fact that they (TransCanada) no longer hold the power of eminent domain that they can use against Nebraska landowners,” Thompson says.
The state will appeal the Lancaster County District Court ruling.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, contributed to this story.