NE Court Strikes Down Keystone Law

The Nebraska District Court struck down a 2012 law (LB 1161) February 19 that paved the way for the state to approve a route for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. The law created an expedited method for evaluating and approving proposed routes through the state, vesting in the governor at the Department of Environmental Quality the power to grant final approval. The court ruled that that power falls within the constitutionally enumerated powers of the state Public Service Commission instead, and thus the law is unconstitutional.