Landowners’ attorneys Dave Domina and Brian Jorde at an eminent domain court hearing with TransCanada in Holy County, NE, September 2015. (Photo: Mark Hefflinger)

The Nebraska Supreme Court said on Tuesday it now expects to schedule oral arguments in the landowners’ appeal of the proposed Keystone XL route pipeline route in November 2018.

The Court sustained a landowners’ motion to continue the hearing; given the Court’s existing days on its calendar for scheduling oral arguments in the month of November, it’s likely the case will be heard on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Previously, the Court granted TransCanada’s motion for an expedited schedule, and arguments had been expected in October.

On Tuesday, the Court also granted TransCanada’s motion to expand the amount of time each side will have to present oral arguments at the hearing.

Last week in a separate case, a federal judge ruled that the Trump Administration’s State Dept. must go back and conduct a full supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) for the “Mainline Alternative” route approved in November 2017 by the Nebraska Public Service Commission.

Motion Appt Continue & Reschedule OA

Motion of Appellee Expand Oral Argument