Ghost of Christmas Future: Pipeline company begins Keystone XL eminent domain lawsuits

The Canadian company behind the Keystone XL pipeline has filed 90 eminent domain claims in Nebraska to make way for the project, according to a Saturday article in the Omaha World-Herald.

A Nebraska Supreme Court ruling last month gave Keystone XL the green light. TC Energy, formerly TransCanada, has filed the suits, asking the court to appoint assessors to determine the costs it must pay to landowners for an easement to build a 36-inch crude oil pipeline on their property.

This seems to be TC Energy’s equity policy: It will take indigenous lands as well as non-indigenous lands without consent.

Keystone XL route. (Image from Wikipedia.)

“The $8 billion pipeline will carry thick crude oil produced from the tar sands region of Canada across three states — Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska — before linking up with an existing pipeline that transports oil to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast,” the article said.

People in northern Minnesota can look forward to similar treatment should the state approve Enbridge Line 3.

In other Keystone XL news:

  • In June, an Appeals Court ruing lifted an injunction that blocked Keystone XL pipeline construction, according to a PBS story.
  • The Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Fort Belknap Indian Community continue their lawsuit to stop Keystone XL construction, arguing it violates their treaty rights, according to stories in the Montana Free Press and Intercontinental Cry.
  • Last month, a federal judge “temporarily blocked enforcement of some new South Dakota laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline,” CBS reports. (See also Mother Jones article.)
  • Keystone XL advocate sees increased political risks for Keystone XL because of political turmoil in the United States, CNBC reports.

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