The court found the landowners who filed the action against the state law had no standing to file the lawsuit.
One of those landowners, rancher Randy Thompson of Martell, says he’s not only disappointed by the decision but is calling on President Obama to reject the pipeline.
“It has been tremendously upsetting for landowners in this process and the fact our political leaders have just tried to kick our butts along with TransCanada,” Thompson says. “It’s time for the president to put an end to this damn thing and let us get back to our lives and get back to raising food for America.”
President Obama indicated in recent days that he’s waiting for a ruling from Nebraska’s high court before making his final decision on the pipeline. Congressional Republicans say passage of legislation to circumvent the White House and move forward with the pipeline is a top priority.
A spokeswoman for BOLD Nebraska says the Supreme Court ruling settled the question of the pipeline’s route, but it doesn’t change the facts about the project’s potential impacts on the land, water and climate.
The proposed pipeline would carry some 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to refineries in Texas.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton