The attorney representing Nebraska landowners challenging the right of TransCanada to use eminent domain under new state law believes the company dropped its efforts, because it knew it would lose in court.
Dave Domina has been challenging the constitutionality of the law which Gov. Dave Heineman used to approve a route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline through Nebraska on behalf of more than 100 Nebraska landowners.
Domina says lawyers for TransCanada had been preparing their case prior to a court appearance in Holt County.
“I’m pretty sure the consensus must have been that the statute is unconstitutional and they were going to lose the argument,” Domina tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate WNAX.
TransCanada has announced it will not press the case for the new law, and instead, will file an application with the Public Service Commission to approve a pipeline route through the state.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, contributed to this story.