LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska’s highest court has tossed a lawsuit challenging a proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying the landowners who sued didn’t have legal standing to do so.
The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that the three landowners failed to show they had legal standing to bring their case.
The split decision upholds a 2012 state law that allowed the governor to empower Calgary-based TransCanada to force eastern Nebraska landowners to sell their property for the project.
President Barack Obama has said he was waiting for the Nebraska ruling before making major decisions for the pipeline, which would carry more than 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to Texas refineries.
Republicans say the pipeline is a top congressional priority.