A low-profile race for a Nebraska state commission is getting special attention from opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline, who see it
as a chance to derail the project.
Activists are trying to flip a seat on the Nebraska Public Service Commission in hopes that the state Supreme Court will overturn the commission’s decision last year to approve a route for the project. That would likely force developer TransCanada to reapply to the commission.
Democrat Christa Yoakum, of Lincoln, is campaigning on her opposition to the pipeline and the likelihood she’d reject it if the proposal comes before the commission again.
Her opponent, Republican state Sen. Dan Watermeier, of Syracuse, has previously supported the pipeline. Watermeier says he would remain neutral and give the project a fair hearing.