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Nebraska Landowner Suit Challenges Pipeline Law, Lawyer Says

Three Nebraska landowners asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a new law allowing the governor to approve pipeline routes and delegate the right to acquire property for such projects, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said.

TransCanada Corp.’s permit application to run the Keystone XL pipeline through the state is being processed under the new law, the attorney, David Domina, said in an interview today. Under the law, Calgary-based TransCanada can gain eminent domain authority without having to wait for federal permits, he said.