Obama Gets Wiggle Room On Keystone XL With Neb. Ruling

Law360, New York (February 20, 2014, 7:30 PM EST) -- A judge's invalidation Wednesday of Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's approval of the Keystone XL pipeline route through the Cornhusker State represents yet another snag for the controversial project and could give the Obama administration a convenient reason to put off any federal decision on the pipeline until after the midterm elections, experts say.

Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie F. Stacy ruled Wednesday that the state law, L.B. 1161, which gives Heineman the power to approve a new route, violated the state's constitution because it took away the exclusive authority of the state Public Service Commission to regulate pipeline routes.

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