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.

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Legislative Victory: Pro Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline Bill Fizzles in Senate Committee

With 80 people attending the meeting, none wanted to testify in support of the bill that would green light the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands crude oil pipeline.

A key Minnesota Senate Committee voted down a bill that would have bypassed the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and approved the Enbridge Line 3 crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota.

The bill was an effort to subvert the formal review process at a time when a final decision is near at hand. An administrative law judge is expected to issue her Line 3 recommendations to the PUC no later than April 23. The PUC is expected to vote on Line 3’s route permit and certificate of need in late May or early June.

In a surprise vote, the Senate Energy and Utility Finance and Policy Committee rejected S.F. 3510 Thursday on a 4-5 vote, with Sen. Michael Goggin (R-Red Wing) breaking with the Repubican majority and casting the deciding no vote. The bill would have ended the PUC process and approved the project with no conditions.

Committee Chair David Osmek authored the bill and seemed ill prepared and uniformed about it.

The proposal is not dead. A similar bill, HF 3759, is alive and awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives.

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Line 3 Updates: Final PUC Vote Delayed; Growing Concerns About Eminent Domain

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) had expected a final vote on the Line 3 tar sands crude oil pipeline by late April; now it looks like the vote will be pushed back by a couple of months into July.

The proposed Line 3 pipeline expansion through northern Minnesota threatens lakes, rivers, and wild rice areas. It violates treaty rights. It will add to climate change. It is an investment in 19th Century energy solutions instead of looking to the future. Any project delay is good news. It adds costs to the project and increases the likelihood that it can be stopped. Continue reading