A Nebraska judge has issued a temporary order to stop a Canadian company from seizing access to land in one eastern county to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

The ruling Thursday by York County Judge Mary Gilbride was expected. Pipeline builder TransCanada has said it agreed to put the project on hold because of several pending lawsuits by landowners.

Company spokesman Mark Cooper has said TransCanada will ask county judges to delay actions on other eminent domain cases until the lawsuits are resolved. Earlier this month, a judge blocked TransCanada's efforts in northern Nebraska's Holt County.

The proposed pipeline needs President Barack Obama's approval before it could be built across Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska to connect with existing pipelines. It'd carry more than 33.6 million gallons of oil daily.