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NPR's Melissa Block Interviews Attorney Brian Jorde on Nebraska's Keystone XL Pipeline Ruling

NPR's Melissa Block Interviews Attorney Brian Jorde on Nebraska's Keystone XL Pipeline Ruling

Although President Obama has already announced plans to veto any legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline, the Senate is still set to vote on the issue. How does the Supreme Court ruling in Nebraska affect the President's and the Senate's decisions?

NPR's Melissa Block sat down with Domina Law Group's own Brian Jorde, one of the attorneys representing the Nebraska landowners who challenged the pipeline, to discuss.

Jorde discussed the problem with viewing the Nebraska Supreme Court decision as a victory for TransCanada. Seven NE Supreme Court justices heard the lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of LB 1161, the law that gave NE Governor Dave Heineman (and consequently, TransCanada) the power of eminent domain to approve the pipeline's route.

The landowners needed five affirmative votes to secure a ruling that LB 1161 is unconstitutional. Unfortunately, three of the judges decided to sit out and forego a vote. Although the remaining four judges sided with the landowners, four votes were not enough.

According to Jorde, this outcome "open[ed] up the door unfortunately for more delays until we can sort out whether or not the governor of Nebraska can actually give eminent domain powers to a foreign company."

Listen to the interview in its entirety on NPR.org.

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