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New Lawsuits Filed Against Keystone XL Pipeline In Nebraska

01/17/2015 01:26 EST | Updated 01/17/2015 01:59 EST
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An activist holds up a sign outside the State Department during a protest of the Keystone XL pipeline on March 7, 2014 in Washington. Activists organized by the Energy Action Coalition marched to the State Department to protest the construction of the pipeline which would carry tar sands oil from Canada. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska have filed two new lawsuits over the proposed route, after the state's Supreme Court recently tossed a previous legal challenge.

Landowners in Holt and York counties filed lawsuits Friday against pipeline developer TransCanada to stop the Canadian company from using eminent domain power to gain access to their land.

Their attorney, Dave Domina, says the lawsuits closely resemble the claim the court dismissed. But he says this time all of the landowners have legal standing to bring the case.

That's important, because three judges last time said the landowners lacked standing. Four of the court's seven judges declared the law unconstitutional, but five were required.

The lawsuits seek to overturn a law that allowed former Gov. Dave Heineman to approve the route.

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