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Obama says expects Keystone decision in next couple months -Oklahoma governor

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told governors at a White House meeting on Monday he expects a decision on whether to allow the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada in the next couple of months, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin told reporters. Fallin, a Republican who strongly supports the pipeline, said she asked Obama whether he would use his executive powers to approve the pipeline, which has been under government review since 2008.

Small Nebraska agency might further complicate Keystone fight

By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small Nebraska state commission that has never considered a major oil pipeline route could soon play a pivotal role in deciding the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project brimming with political risk for both the U.S. and Canadian governments.

Nebraska court ruling could mean further Keystone XL delays: official

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says a court decision has forced it to examine whether the Keystone XL pipeline process might have to be delayed once again. A senior official said Friday that numerous lawyers were examining the ruling handed down earlier this week in Nebraska for its possible impact. "I know that lots of lawyers are looking at what the implications of it may be on our process. Nebraska has its own process that it has to go through," said Roberta Jacobson, the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

TransCanada's post stronger Q4 results a day after Keystone XL setback

CALGARY - A Nebraska court ruling challenging the state's approval of the Keystone XL crude pipeline shouldn't hold up a separate process taking place at the U.S. federal level, TransCanada Corp. said Thursday. The Calgary-based pipeline company's efforts to connect oilsands crude to U.S. Gulf Coast refiners hit its latest snag on Wednesday when a county judge tossed out a 2012 Nebraska law that allowed Gov. Dave Heineman to approve the line's route through the state. The law could have forced landowners to allow the pipeline to cross their property.

TransCanada weighs next steps after U.S. court's Keystone pipeline ruling

By Julie Gordon (Reuters) - TransCanada Corp <TRP.TO> said on Thursday it is considering how to proceed with its Keystone XL pipeline, a day after a court voided the Nebraska governor's decision to allow the controversial line to pass through the Midwestern state. "We are disappointed and disagree with the decision of the Nebraska district court and will now analyze the judgment and decide what next steps may be taken," the company said in a statement. "Nebraska's attorney general has filed an appeal."

Keystone XL oil pipeline faces new obstacle in Nebraska after judge rules for landowners

LINCOLN, Neb. - Just as pressure was building on President Barack Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas, the project ran into another obstacle — and it came again from Nebraska.

Judge strikes down Nebraska law that allowed Keystone XL pipeline to proceed through the state

LINCOLN, Neb. - A judge has struck down a Nebraska law that allowed the Keystone XL oil pipeline to proceed through the state. Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy issued a ruling Wednesday that invalidated Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's approval of the route. Stacy says the decision should have been made by the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which regulates pipelines and other utilities. The ruling could cause more delays in finishing the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries.

Nebraska court invalidates state's Keystone pipeline approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Nebraska court on Wednesday invalidated the governor's decision to allow the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to pass through the Midwestern state, casting uncertainty over the project to link Alberta's oil sands with refineries in Texas. Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman last year supported legislation that cleared the way for the $5.4 billion pipeline to cross parts of his state. But some landowners objected to the legislation, saying it sidestepped their rights.

US judge blocks Keystone pipeline route in Nebraska

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline met with another hurdle Wednesday when a Nebraska judge ruled that a state law granting approval to a proposed route was unconstitutional, court records showed. The decision came as US President Barack Obama was set to meet with Canadian Prime Minister at a trade summit in Mexico. Obama was expected to face a new entreaty from Harper to quickly make up his mind on the project, which would carry crude from Canada's oil sands across the continental United States to Texas.

Natural gas pipeline breaks in Alberta; regulator says no safety concerns

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta. - The National Energy Board is investigating a natural gas pipeline rupture in west-central Alberta. The federal regulator said the TransCanada (TSX:TRP) pipe broke Tuesday morning about 10 kilometres north of Rocky Mountain House. It said the pipe was shut down and there were no immediate public safety concerns. TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard said the nearest home to the pipeline rupture is more than half a kilometre away. He said the company had been in contact with the landowner and no evacuation was required.
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