Temporary order issued to halt Keystone XL pipeline construction

By: KLKN Newsroom


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) A Nebraska judge has issued a temporary order to stop a Canadian company from seizing access to York County land to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

The ruling Thursday by Judge Mary Gilbride was expected. Pipeline builder TransCanada has said it agreed to place the project on hold because of several pending lawsuits by landowners.

TransCanada spokesman Mark Cooper has said the company will ask county judges to delay actions on its other eminent domain cases until the lawsuits are resolved. Earlier this month, a Holt County judge blocked TransCanada’s eminent domain efforts there.

The proposed pipeline needs presidential approval before it could be built across Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska to connect with existing pipelines. It would carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day.