Landowners who own property in the path of proposed Keystone XL pipeline who oppose the project have aired their grievances during hearings before the Nebraska Public Service Commission.
The PSC continues to hear testimony on the route TransCanada proposes to build the oil pipeline through the state during official hearings in downtown Lincoln.
Though TransCanada has reached agreement for easements with 90% of the landowners, a handful stand adamantly opposed to the project.
Antelope County farmer Art Tanderup is so opposed to Keystone XL he had an artist emblazon one of his fields with the “Heartland no KXL”.
“The purpose was to tell the world that we do not approve of this tar sands pipeline,” Tanderup testified during the hearings being held at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel.
Tanderup and other landowners in opposition told commissioners they worry the oil pipeline will ruin cropland, disrupt their operations, and damage soil.
Holt County farmer Jeanne Crumly said she and her husband entered discussions with TransCanada with an open mind, but says their experience has taught them to be wary.
York County farmer Susan Dunavan said there is no one to answer to the landowners.
“Because there’s no penalties, there’s no consequences or fines or anything,” Dunavan told commissioners. “No matter what promises are made to the landowners, there’s no way to make sure that these promises are kept.”
The PSC has held two full days of hearings on TransCanada’s proposed route through the state. The company has received presidential permission to proceed with the $8 billion project, but it lacks an approved route through Nebraska. The PSC will hear testimony this week, then decide whether to approve the route later this year.
Click here for the Nebraska PSC Keystone XL website.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]