A Nebraska judge Thursday granted a temporary injunction to landowners who want to stop a land grab by TransCanada Keystone Pipeline for its controversial Keystone XL project.

The injunction is the latest development in an intensifying controversy over the construction of a pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada across the U.S. Midwest to refineries and shipping hubs on the Gulf Coast.

Congress on Wednesday approved legislation that would force approval of the pipeline, and President Barack Obama said he would veto it.

Landowners in two Nebraska counties sued TransCanada Keystone Pipeline in January, challenging the constitutionality of a state law that grants the Canadian oil giant powers of eminent domain.

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