Keystone XL plaintiffs

Omaha attorney Dave Domina talks with landowners and interested parties in a courtroom at the York County Courthouse Thursday.

While President Barack Obama has denied the cross-border permit for the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline, several issues involving TransCanada's project remain alive.

The Calgary, Alberta-based company has an active application before Nebraska's Public Service Commission, there is still a landowner lawsuit pending and the company owns 91 percent of the easements it needed to build the pipeline.

TransCanada has so far been silent on how it plans to address these issues or its future pipeline plans, including whether it will reapply for a federal permit.

For the Public Service Commission review to end, TransCanada would have to withdraw its application. That has yet to happen, and the commission has scheduled a planning meeting for Thursday.

Omaha attorney Dave Domina, who represents the owners of about 60 properties along the route, has pledged to continue lawsuits in Holt and York counties against TransCanada.

Domina said landowners still want to challenge the constitutionality of the 2012 law that allowed TransCanada to bypass the Public Service Commission and get its route approved by the governor.

As long as that law remains in place, Domina has said, any company can seek to use it to build an oil pipeline across the state.

TransCanada's easements remain in place and can be used as the company sees fit, including building a different pipeline or selling them to another company.

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