Nebraska’s Legislative Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing this afternoon that would eliminate the power of eminent domain for certain pipelines. This bill is on the heels of TransCanada filing in January to obtain land for the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline.
Those opposing the pipeline argue that a foreign country has no business using eminent domain in the U-S. Andrew Craig is a land manager for TransCanada and says, “The state of Nebraska granted TransCanada and the Keystone project eminent domain authority so it is the state that would ultimately give us that authority. That is what is being challenged here.”
Craig says LB 473 would also impact more than just the pending Keystone project. He says, “It would put the state of Nebraska in a difficult position because in the future any time a company would come in and build linear infrastructure to deliver energy commodities to market it would be very difficult, if not impossible for them to do that.”
TransCanada is making progress with Nebraska landowners in making agreements for easements to their property for the Keystone project. Craig says 90% of Nebraska landowners are on board and 100% of landowners in South Dakota and Montana.