Panel ruled the new pipeline should be nearer to TransCanada’s existing pipeline in Nebraska.
Says it’s the clearest path to achieving route certainty; expects a end of the year.
Both sides asking the courts for more clarity on the legality of imposing the route on hostile landowners.
Company says it has filed paperwork in nine counties to acquire remaining land it needs to construct the controversial $8-billion pipeline.
A judge ripped up a state law that could have been used to force landowners to allow the pipeline on their property.
Among all states along the proposed route, nearly one-third of Nebraska’s landowners are still fighting.
State officials, energy giant insist new route skirts sensitive Sandhills region, but environmentalists say it doesn’t, insisting a state aquifer remains at risk.
Rejigged route through Nebraska grows to 44 kilometres—32 kilometres longer than the original plan.
Nebraska landowners file lawsuit over proposed pipeline route.