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Legal challenge to XL pipeline route survives

Posted: 06/13/13 08:21

A judge has ruled that opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska can proceed with their legal challenge to a state law that paved the way for a new project route. Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy yesterday rejected a motion by Nebraska state officials to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawsuit filed by three Nebraska landowners asserts that Gov. Dave Heineman's decision to approve a new pipeline route was rooted in an unconstitutional state law. The law was passed during a special legislative session in 2011 as a way to reroute the pipeline away from Nebraska's environmentally sensitive Sandhills.There is a July 19th Court Hearing at 3pm in Lincoln where a schedule for the trial will be determined.