TransCanada is taking a wait and see attitude in wake of a court ruling that throws out the law that approved its re-route of the Keystone XL oil pipeline through Nebraska.
TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard points out the state has appealed the ruling by a Nebraska judge.
“So, pending the outcome of that appeal, our understanding is the law is still on the books,” Howard tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate WNAX. “The state will need to clarify, I guess, what their next steps are. TransCanada wasn’t a party to this lawsuit.”
The legislature met in special session in 2011 to discuss the Keystone XL pipeline. An agreement reached between the Unicameral and TransCanada re-routed the oil pipeline away from the Sand Hills and on the edge of the Ogallala Aquifer. A refinement made in the 2012 legislature produced LB 1161, which Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie Stacy ruled unconstitutional.
Howard says TransCanada followed state law in agreeing to a re-route of Keystone XL.
“We followed all of the rules that were established in Nebraska. There was extensive debate in the legislature on this. It was approved almost unanimously. And then hundreds of Nebraskans came out to meetings that the Department of Environmental Quality hosted, provided input on the route, which we further refined,” Howard says. “We will have to, I guess, wait and see what impact, if any, this will have.”
Attorney General Jon Bruning has appealed the ruling.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, contributed to this story.