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February 15, 2015

Nebraska County Judge Halts Keystone XL Pipeline Construction

Last week a county judge in Nebraska issued a temporary order that prevents TransCanada from using eminent domain to move forward with construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The company said it will comply, but, according to Manufacturing.Net, has asked for an accelerated trial schedule to resolve the matter. Officials at the U.S. State Department told the National Journal that, despite the Nebraska judge’s action, the department continues its review of the project. 

Meanwhile, TransCanada, the owner of the Keystone project, said last week it will ask the U.S. State Department to approve a separate pipeline (this one through North Dakota) and the U.S. House last week gave its final approval of a bill that would take final approval of the project away from the Obama administration and give it to Congress. 

While Congress will hold off sending the bill to the White House until members of the legislative branch return from recess next week, President Barack Obama is expected to veto that bill. MSCI urges its members to take a few seconds to sign this petition from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that urges President Obama to sign the Keystone XL bill instead of vetoing it. To learn more about how the pipeline will help secure a North American energy future – without adding greenhouse gas emissions – click here.