TransCanada is filing what’s known as a “friend of the court brief” in Nebraska, siding with the governor and the state in the lawsuit filed by three Nebraska ranchers aiming to block the Keystone XL pipeline.
The state is appealing a District Court ruling that threw out the Nebraska law which allowed the siting of the proposed oil pipeline. TransCanada’s Shawn Howard says his group has valuable information to share in the Nebraska Supreme Court case.
Howard says, “We were involved in the discussions around the legislation when it was passed, so we’ve got a unique perspective that we think could help provide the court with additional information so they can make their decision.”
Howard says they’re moving forward with signing easements and working with landowners who live near the right of way of the Keystone project.
“We’ve just passed 82% of the easements required for the right of way in Nebraska and we’ll continue to have those discussions as we move forward,” Howard says. “Obviously, we’re working in not just Nebraska but also in South Dakota and Montana with landowners and other stakeholders who have an interest in the project.”
Howard says it’ll likely be September before Nebraska’s high court schedules a hearing on the state’s appeal of the district court decision. It found the state law unconstitutional that would have allowed the governor final approval of the pipeline project.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton