Former Gov. Dave Heineman approved the Nebraska route in 2013 under a state law that allowed TransCanada to use eminent domain against holdout landowners, but opponents sued and the project has been mired in state courts ever since.
A New Orleans judge will have to approve the consent decree after a 60-day public comment period before BP and the federal government can officially resolve their long-running legal battles over the massive 2010 oil spill.
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