Friday, January 09, 2015

Nebraska court tosses out anti-Keystone pipeline suit

President Obama just lost an excuse to veto a bill authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

From Fox News:
Nebraska's highest court on Friday tossed a lawsuit challenging the proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, in a major victory for pipeline supporters that could fuel congressional efforts to force approval of the project.

The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that three landowners who sued failed to show they had legal standing to bring their case. The decision comes just hours before the House is set to vote on legislation green-lighting the project.

The closely watched Nebraska Supreme Court decision could remove a major roadblock for the $7 billion cross-continental project. And it immediately puts pressure on President Obama, who has resisted calls to approve the pipeline and has threatened to veto the new Keystone bill -- citing both a State Department review process and the lawsuit in Nebraska.

With the Nebraska decision in, pipeline backers urged Obama to act.
The pipeline project will create 20,000 jobs.

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