Keystone XL pipeline developer TransCanada filed legal papers in nine Nebraska counties this week in an attempt to invoke eminent domain for the land needed to build, operate and maintain the pipeline. Some landowners have been holding their ground for some time, protecting about 12 percent of the land TransCanada still needs to accomplish its goals.
Despite news that President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline project will likely hold in Congress, TransCanada continues to push forward with a hopeful blind-eye. The company’s course in Nebraska is anything but clear as well. Although Nebraska governor Dave Heineman approved the route for the pipeline, TransCanada has been ensconced in legal strife since then in an effort to turn their plans into reality.
Nebraska laws allow TransCanada the opportunity to force landowners to sell access to their land, but some holdouts have warned that they will continue refusing to negotiate no matter how much the developer offers to pay. Opponents have sued to try to prevent the Calgary-based company from using eminent domain.
Almost ironically, Nebraska lawmakers are also taking action to stop the pipeline project. State senator Ernie Chambers introduced a bill this week that would repeal the pipeline-siting law and bring the project “to a virtual standstill.”
Via The Guardian