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On Tuesday morning, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) denied TransCanada's motions to change its route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska.
On Dec. 12, the PSC approved an alternate mainline route for the Keystone XL project, not the preferred route stated in the application. TransCanada was not satisfied with this decision and motioned for an amendment.
By a unanimous vote of 5-0, the commissioners denied all the motions on Tuesday morning. TransCanada presented an Order on the Motions for Reconsideration in the OP-0003 Keystone XL Pipeline Application docket.
"Had the PSC denied TransCanada’s KXL Pipeline Application an amendment could have occurred - now TransCanada cannot amend and has no avenue to request alternative relief from the PSC," Brian Jorde, attoney with Domina Law Group. "The PSC process is now over and the appeal process of the PSC decision can now begin and run all the way through the courts with TransCanada’s own denied Motion for Reconsideration foretelling its likelihood of success on appeal."
Jorde said this is the "best possible outcome for landowners."
"As this is a legal proceeding and the possibility for court appeals exists, there will be no comment from the Commission," the PSC press release stated. "The Order will speak for itself."