Omaha Attorney Dave Domina, who represents the landowners, says it gives him more time to prepare his case.
“The argument before the Supreme Court will be held the first week in November,” Domina says. “That moves it back a week. That was for scheduling reasons for the court and the lawyers involved.”
Domina says it’s clear the state’s high court wants to hear as much evidence as it can in the case before rendering a decision.
“The court has granted a considerably extended time for the oral arguments,” Domina says, “so it’s obviously a case of continuing importance to the court and to the public.”
Domina says a recent decision by the Montana court that impacts Nebraska’s case stipulates the federal government and TransCanada must go back and redo the environmental impact assessment of the project.
“That is a major advantage to the landowners and the people who oppose this pipeline,” Domina says. “It could either kill it or ultimately, give it the possibility of going forward if it can pass the environmental steps.”
Domina says the results of the environmental assessment will have a direct effect on the outcome of the Keystone XL project.
The $8 billion project was first proposed more than a decade ago.
The southern portion of Keystone XL is in operation from Oklahoma City to oil refineries along the Gulf Coast in Texas.
TransCanada proposes building a 36-inch pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska. It would carry up to 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton