The Keystone XL oil pipeline's route through Nebraska will face months of additional delays now that a judge has invalidated the pipeline's path.
Elected members of the Nebraska Public Service Commission said Thursday they're waiting to see what will happen to the case, which the state is appealing. It could also delay President Obama's final decision on the pipeline until after midterm elections.
Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy ruled Wednesday the pipeline should have been approved or rejected by the commission, which regulates pipelines and other utilities. The decision invalidated Gov. Heineman's approval of the route. He issued a statement saying, “I’m pleased that Attorney General Bruning is appealing this decision. This is an important issue for the state of Nebraska.”
The pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries, passing through Nebraska. Opponents argue the project threatens the state's groundwater supply. A spokesman for pipeline developer TransCanada says company officials are confident they can overcome the most recent hurdle.