It would run from Canada, across the Dakotas and Nebraska on its way to the Gulf Coast.
Corey Goulet, vice president of Keystone for Trans Canada, says they have about 90% of the easements they need in Nebraska and they’re working on the final 10%.
“I don’t think it’ll be that difficult,” Goulet says. “Most Nebraskans understand the importance of this line to energy security and the effect it has on the economy. A lot of those 10% of people are just waiting for the federal permit and then they’ll probably sign up.”
Goulet says they will file legal actions as needed.
“We have a few people that we’ve had to take to court through eminent domain process,” Goulet says. “Some of that is just over the price they want to receive versus what we’re offering. I think we’re very fair in general and certainly we’re offering more than most utility companies or pipeline companies in our sector.”
He says TransCanada understands the importance of the relationship with the landowner “and that they’re our partners for the lifetime of the pipeline.”
Goulet says they know there are some who will be against the pipeline in Nebraska on all accounts.
“There are some people who are just fundamentally opposed and they’re opposed for various reasons that have nothing to do with the pipeline industry,” he says. “Some are opposed to all development…and you’ll have to use the courts to gain access.”
TransCanada is still waiting on federal approval for the border crossing.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton