Nebraska Supreme Court to Hear Landowners' Appeal
USAgNet - 11/01/2018
This morning, 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 streamed online is http://netnebraska.org/basic-page/television/live-demand
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 PSC lacked jurisdiction to consider, hear, or decide the Application. Without a denial of the proposed route, review by the PSC 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 PSC process having a four day trial in August 2017.