US judge blocks Keystone pipeline route in Nebraska

Feb 19, 2014
Environmental activists protest against the Keystone pipeline project in front of the White House in Washington, DC, on February 3, 2014

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline met with another hurdle Wednesday when a Nebraska judge ruled that a state law granting approval to a proposed route was unconstitutional, court records showed.

The decision came as US President Barack Obama was set to meet with Canadian Prime Minister at a trade summit in Mexico.

Obama was expected to face a new entreaty from Harper to quickly make up his mind on the project, which would carry crude from Canada's across the continental United States to Texas.

District Court Judge Stephanie Stacey did not rule on the merits of the pipeline or the proposed route.

Instead, she issued a 50-page ruling that found the state legislature and governor were wrong to wrest control from the public service commission tasked with reviewing and approving pipelines.

She granted an injunction prohibiting the state from enforcing the law or taking any action on the governor's approval of the route.

Canada is deeply frustrated at delays in the project, which was first proposed in 2008 and is still awaiting a construction permit.

But Harper is unlikely to get an answer from Obama, as Secretary of State John Kerry continues his deliberations on the project.

The project has pitted environmental groups against the oil industry, which has argued that it will bring much-needed jobs to the United States and help fulfill the US goal of energy self-sufficiency.

A State Department report last month concluded that the pipeline would not significantly impact global warming, as Canada would extract the dirty tar sands oil even if it is not built, but stopped short of issuing a recommendation.

Construction has already begun on parts of the pipeline which do not require the federal government's approval.

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Jimee
1 / 5 (2) Feb 20, 2014
Well, what do you know?
Osiris1
3.3 / 5 (3) Feb 20, 2014
That Keystone pipeline is to facilitate the export of all the oil it carries to China. That is why the Chinese also want to build that canal in Nicaragua so supersized tankers docking near its terminus will have shorter transport to China. That pipeline will not generate a single American job, but its leaks will be problems in every state. Also, the Chinese will come to see it as a vital national interest of China and demand a security zone devoid of Americans on either side of the pipeline...AND extraterritoriality to station Chinese troops all along its route, effectively partitioning the United States.
Benni
3 / 5 (2) Feb 20, 2014
That Keystone pipeline is to facilitate the export of all the oil it carries to China.


........Huh? A pipeline being built in the US/Canadian midwest will facilitate exports to China? Have you even looked at a map of the routing of the pipeline?

That pipeline will not generate a single American job, but its leaks will be problems in every state. Also, the Chinese will come to see it as a vital national interest of China and demand a security zone devoid of Americans on either side of the pipeline


I guess you think this pipeline is being built where? In China all the way from Canada?

AND extraterritoriality to station Chinese troops all along its route, effectively partitioning the United States.


Oh, I see, you expect a Red ChiCom invasion of the US to force its' construction?