January 23, 2015

AS THE RIGHT ARGUED AFTER KELO...:

Defenders of Tradition in Keystone Pipeline Fight (MITCH SMITH, JAN. 22, 2015, NY Times)

An unpainted wooden barn sits in a snow-dusted cornfield along a gravel road, one of many that dot the rural horizon here.

This barn, however, contains no horses, tractors or farming tools. Its roof is covered with solar panels, there is a windmill out front, and the interior is plastered with signs with slogans like "Build Our Energy" and "#NOKXL," in protest of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which could run under the property if President Obama approves the project.

The 1,179-mile pipeline, first proposed in 2008, would carry oil from Canada into the United States, connecting with existing pipelines in southern Nebraska. In Congress, the Senate continues to debate a bill to approve the pipeline, and the House has already passed a bill to approve its construction. [...]

This week, TransCanada, the company proposing the pipeline, began eminent domain proceedings in Nebraska county courts, seeking to gain access to almost 90 properties where the owners have not agreed to terms. Many of those landowners have said they have no intention of allowing construction.

...sometimes a more lucrative private business use has to trump property rights.

Posted by at January 23, 2015 11:07 AM
  

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