Nebraska law that allowed Keystone XL struck down

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February 20, 2014

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A Nebraska judge threw a major hurdle in front of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Wednesday, setting into motion yet another review of the $7 billion project and pushing President Obama’s eventual final decision even further down the road.

In a long-awaited ruling that environmentalists hoped would delay and possibly derail the pipeline, Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy ruled that the Nebraska Public Service Commission, not Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, should have decided whether to green-light the Keystone route through the Cornhusker State.

Her ruling in a lawsuit brought by three Nebraska landowners states that Mr. Heineman’s approval of the route — which already has been adjusted once amid environmental and water aquifer concerns in Nebraska — is now “null and void.”

  • Pappy Hicks

    Why do judges, of any rank or class, can rule over anything that does not have to do with the US Constitution? This judge has just set public jobs back for another who knows how long. Un-American.

  • CTH

    One more left side ignorant judge.

    • I Seigel

      Why don’t you actually try to educate yourself before you post this nonsense?

      The judge was appointed by the same Republican governor whose law she just overruled:

      http://www.governor.nebraska.gov/news/2011/10/04_appoint.html

      Obama had NOTHING to do with this ruling. This isn’t some left-wing conspiracy to kill jobs. This is the law looking out for the legitimate concerns of Nebraska landowners. Read the article.

      • Johnny

        Why not you ed-u-cate your self, then grow up. Killing jobs is the democrat #1 adjenda and not building any thing in the USA that would be ofa any gain for We the People. I await your reply as i’m sure it will be most interesting as only you could put it.

        • I Seigel

          Yeah, yeah, Bla d bla bla. Nothing new in your post, but thanks for trying.
          You may be right and killing jobs IS the “democrat #1 adjenda”, but this pipeline ruling has nothing to do with Obama. Read the website of the link I posted, if it’s not too much trouble for you.

          • Peggy Joseph

            Oh, yes just like roberts didn’t have anything to do with ovomitcare, it rewrote it to fit ovomit!!

      • Peggy Joseph

        Don’t kid yourself……..ovomit HAND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH IT!!!!

  • Obumber needs to be drug out and tried for treason and thrown in prison for the rest of his life! Any one that voted for this idiot had their head up their behind! We are going to take our country back, and anyone that gets in the way will be kicked to the side and crushed!

    • I Seigel

      What? Do you just copy and paste this post to every story here? Is this your answer to everything? Try a little originality. This stereotyped anti-everything rant gets a bit boring. And you’ve proven your inability to read and learn by blaming Obama for this. He had nothing to do with it. READ THE ARTICLE.

      • mudguy1

        if Obama had approved the pipe line years ago we not have had this situation. So Obama is to blame.

        • I Seigel

          And what would you have had? You would have had these same landowners in Nebraska – and there are others in Texas – who would be suing to stop the construction. And you wouldn’t have any oil flowing to the refineries in Texas yet. And none of the oil would be exported to China thru Texas yet, like they want to. It will be – and is being – exported via other ports in Canada. This is CANADIAN oil, don’t forget, and profits going there. You want a big massive AMERICAN construction project? Why not support infrastructure repairs and railroads? That would get American jobs going.

          • mudguy1

            Yes people like you and we would have never gotten Boulder and Coolie dams built. We would have never gotten our interstate highway sistem built.

          • I Seigel

            Either I’ve done a poor job of communicating, or you haven’t a clue as to what you’re talking about. I’ll take a wild guess and say I need to explain myself a bit better.

            Boulder (Hoover) and Grand Coulee Dams were built with TAXPAYER money. They are the epitome of BIG GOVERNMENT and what government can accomplish for the people, if Congress works together.

            Ditto the Interstate Highway System – another BIG government project funded by the taxpayers

            My guess is that the Tea Party and Republicans would HATE the idea of a big government, taxpayer-funded project like this nowadays, a handout to the takers in the Columbia and Colorado River basins and Las Vegas and Southern California.

            If I’m wrong here, please enlighten me. Please tell me how the concept of these big government projects agrees with your smaller government, less taxes philosophy. I really want to know, because you using these examples to support your argument seems kind of contradictory.

          • Tom Leist

            So you like our money going to by Arab oil/Venusula oil, from terrorists, You sure you ain’t a muslim too. We need American oil too, and the white house idiot blocks that to from happening on fed. land. I’d rather buy and process oil from our Neighbor from the north. Not our enemies.

          • I Seigel

            The US right now or very soon will be a net EXPORTER of oil. So we are getting our American oil, without Keystone. Keystone is designed to bring CANADIAN oil to the Texas coast for refinement. And then where does it go? Not to America (only). The bulk will be exported to Asia.

            Just look at the tankers that dock in Valdez, Alaska. Follow their itineraries. Where do you think a lot of North Slope AMERICAN oil has been going for the past 15-20 years? ASIA! This is a fact. Why? Because there’s more profit there.

            I am not a muslim, but even if I was, what difference would it make? I’m not a shareholder in Exxon/Mobil, Texaco or the other either, unfortunately. It’s THOSE companies that are taking American oil and not providing it to American markets. But that’s unregulated,free enterprise – the kind you like – at work. Muslims and terrorists have nothing to do with it. And the oil companies are taking HUGE taxpayer-provided subsidies every year!! Your and my money.

            Our money has been going to Arabs and Venezuelans and terrorists for a long time. You can ask your buddy Dick Cheney about it. Afghanistan is all about oil, and building a pipeline from the Caspian Sea across Afghanistan and to ports on the Indian Ocean. Why do you think Cheney and Rumsfield were in bed with Saddam et al in the 1980s and 1990s? OIL. MONEY.

          • mudguy1

            The environmental waco’s have been the biggest opponents to this pipe line. It is not about the government money. But what I am saying if the environmentalist had had the influents then that they have now those projects could have taken a lot longer the complete or not at all.
            Yes and the chance of accidents by rail is very high. And we had one a month ago. How many pipe lie accidents have we had?. I think the infrastructure jobs you mentioned would be government jobs paid with taxes. The jobs for the pipe line will be for AMERICANS.

  • frankenbiker

    The EPA said there would be minimal environmental impact, what is the problem now? Oh I know, it would create jobs and keep oil on the North American continent. We just can’t have that. This administration is doing everything it can to keep us dependent on foreign oil. Alternatives solutions for energy are NOT VIABLE. They’re not efficient, they’re cost preventative in many areas so the government (tax payers) have to give them subsidies to keep from going under. Coal plants have been forced to close due to strangulation regulations of this regime.
    Someone must be giving one hell of a BJ to the Obamanation in the black house.

    • Tom Leist

      What would muslim do??? He’d keep the Arab’s happy, His own.

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