WASHINGTON—There are new threats of lawsuits against Canadian oil pipeline projects in the United States.
The legal threats suggest the election of an oil-friendly, Republican-dominated Congress hasn’t put recent pipeline battles to rest.
One activist fighting the Keystone XL project in Nebraska said landowners will sue should President Barack Obama sign any pro-Keystone XL bill passed by the new Congress.
Jane Kleeb said the grounds for such a suit would be constitutional, and revolve around whether Congress actually has the power to pass legislation on such cross-border infrastructure.
She compared it to the case currently before the Nebraska courts, which argues that the process to approve the route in that state was unconstitutional.
Last week, a spokesperson for Obama said the president and his staff would “consider” legislation authorizing the controversial pipeline.
There’s also a new lawsuit against another pipeline from Canada—this one in a Minnesota court against Enbridge Inc.’s plan to expand its existing Alberta Clipper network.