Nebraska law that allowed Keystone XL struck down

FILE - In this April 19, 2012, file photo, an irrigation pivot remains still along highway 14, several miles near the proposed new route for the Keystone XL pipeline in Neligh, Neb.   In a move that disappointed environmental groups and cheered the oil industry, the Obama administration on Jan. 31, 2014, said it had no major environmental objections to the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
FILE - In this April 19, 2012, file photo, an irrigation pivot remains still along highway 14, several miles near the proposed new route for the Keystone XL pipeline in Neligh, Neb. In a move that disappointed environmental groups and cheered the oil industry, the Obama administration on Jan. 31, 2014, said it had no major environmental objections to the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A judge has struck down a Nebraska law that allowed the Keystone XL oil pipeline to proceed through the state.

Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy issued a ruling Wednesday that invalidated Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s approval of the route. Stacy says the decision should have been made by the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which regulates pipelines and other utilities.

The ruling could cause more delays in finishing the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries.

But it’s a win for Nebraska-based pipeline opponents. They’ve argued that Heineman exceeded his authority when he approved the route in January 2013.

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