New concerns over the Keystone XL oil pipeline are prompting leaders of the Nebraska Easement Action Team, or NEAT, to send a letter to President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry and the Unicameral.
The letter expresses worry over TransCanada’s behavior and tactics in pursuing the proposed pipeline.
NEAT president Tom Genung, of Hastings, claims landowners are being misinformed about land seizures.
“Some of the land agents for TransCanada led landowners to believe that if they didn’t sign the initial proposal or the initial easement contracts that eminent domain would be implemented and that basically there would be no compensation,” Genung says, “which is not true at all.”
Genung says NEAT is calling on President Obama to reject the permit for the pipeline project and it asks the Unicameral to rescind TransCanada’s power to seize land.
“Why should a foreign corporation be allowed to use eminent domain process for strictly their own profit?” Genung says. “That’s the essence or some of the essence of the concerns that landowners have.”
He says they also want an investigation conducted into TransCanada’s tactics.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton