Nebraska Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on Keystone XL Pipeline approved route

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- At 9:00 am on Thursday, November 1st the Nebraska Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the nearly decade long battle over routing and approval of the controversial proposed Keystone XL pipeline across and through the State of Nebraska.

A link to watch the arguments will be streamed online.

Landowners argue the Nebraska Public Service Commission did not have jurisdiction to approve what is called the Mainline Alternative Route for KXL through Nebraska.

“The jurisdictional prerequisite of gubernatorial denial of the Mainline Alternative Route was not met and the Public Service Commission lacked jurisdiction to consider, hear, or decide the application. Without a denial of the proposed route, review by the Public Service Commission is not triggered,” stated Dave Domina who along with Brian Jorde represents all appealing Landowners.

Nebraska has been ground zero for challenges to the proposed pipeline as landowners organized into a tight knit group filed three state constitutional challenge lawsuits, which included a trip to the Nebraska Supreme court in 2014, fought TransCanada in nearly 60 condemnation lawsuits all of which were dismissed, and intervened in the Public Service Commission process having a four day trial in August 2017.

TransCanda's applied for preferred route in green

link to PSC website

Additional information can be found here.