Last Friday, the Nebraska State Supreme Court issued an opinion in support of the Keystone XL project’s route through the Cornhusker State. The decision upheld the Nebraska legislature’s L.B. 1161 which established the route the pipeline will take through the state. Consumer Energy Alliance Exec. VP Michael Whatley praised the Nebraska Supreme Court for its move today to vacate a lower court’s decision on the constitutionality of L.B. 1161, allowing the law and Keystone XL’s route through the state to stand.
“Now that the Nebraska Supreme Court has vacated the lower court’s ruling and allowed L.B. 1161 to stand, it’s time to move forward with the project. After years of environmental review by the U.S. State Department and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, we know that the current route is safe and environmentally sound. The Obama Administration should work quickly to approve what will clearly be the safest pipeline in history and help bring jobs and economic opportunity to both the Cornhusker State and the nation.”
CEA polling conducted earlier this year demonstrated majority support for Keystone XL amongst nearly all demographic groups in nine states that were surveyed. Overwhelming public support for the project is buttressed by the strong merits and facts of the project and the extensive federal and state level reviews it has undergone.