The Nebraska District Court, Lancaster County rejected June 11 the state’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by landowners and environmental groups concerning the constitutionality of LB 1161, which that gave the governor the authority to approve or deny the sitting of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The plaintiffs argued the bill was introduced at the request of TransCanada and that it unlawfully allowed the governor to avoid judicial review, due process requirements for the exercise of eminent domain, and removed authority from state regulators. They also asserted that if LB 1161 is ruled unconstitutional, then the actions taken by the governor regarding the sitting of the pipeline would be considered null and void, and TransCanada would be forced to seek approval for a new route from the state regulators.