According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the final decision on KXL will be pushed back once again.
US State Department officials briefed congress on the delay and “cite an ongoing Nebraska court case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s pipeline siting law” (LJS).
The court case in reference is from February in which Lancaster County District Judge Stacy “ruled that Gov. Dave Heineman’s approval of the proposed route was done under an unconstitutional 2012 law (LB1161) that also gave the governor the ability to confer on TransCanada the ability to use eminent domain to take property for a public project” (LJS).
The ruling has been appealed by the attorney general and the state supreme court will hear it. A decision is expected in 2015.
Congressman Terry stated in a news release, “… today, he [President Obama] punted a tough decision in the name of political expediency.” Not only is the decision delayed, but the benefits of the KXL are delayed as well.