TransCanada doesn’t seem to care that the White House rejected its
bid for a cross-border permit. The Canadian oil giant says it will continue
its efforts to make Keystone XL a reality.
Although President Obama rejected TransCanada’s permit application
to construct its new pipeline, the company says it will
continue to look for new ways to make Keystone XL a reality. TransCanada, which has already spent $2.4 billion trying to get its pipeline
approved, says it won’t back down now.
Neither will we.
Attorney Brian Jorde was featured in the Lincoln Journal Star’s coverage
of this latest development. He says that the two lawsuits in Holt and
York Counties should be allowed to continue since they deal with an unconstitutional
law, LB 1161.
“Landowners worried about the pipeline should remain vigilant,”
said Jorde. “The legal challenges related to LB1161 address a bad
law... All Nebraskans want constitutional laws and so should TransCanada.”
TransCanada withdrew its application to the Nebraska Public Service Commission for a route permit. This means
that, as of right now, there is no pipeline route under review in Nebraska.
TransCanada explained that they did this because they are currently considering
options for their next course of action, and plan to reapply with the
NE PSC at a later date.
But Jane Kleeb, Director of Bold Nebraska and a leading force in the KXL
opposition, says that the outlook for TransCanada looks bleak, citing
TransCanada’s shares tanking and mass layoffs. TransCanada, of course,
claims these things are unrelated to the presidential permit rejection.