TransCanada Asserting Eminent Domain To Claim Land For Keystone XL

To ensure that it has the land to build the Keystone XL pipeline, the New York Times reports that TransCanada is asserting eminent domain against those from the Canadian border down to the Gulf Coast who are unwilling to grant the company access to their property. “By its own count, the company currently has 34 eminent domain actions against landowners in Texas and an additional 22 in South Dakota,” the New York Times reports. Residents along the pipeline’s path question if a foreign company can pressure landowners without State Department approval; a senior State Department official told the Times that TransCanada has not asked for federal approval to invoke eminent domain. President Obama still needs to approve the Canadian company’s plan for the 1,700 mile pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada down to Gulf Coast oil refineries, and protesters across the country have urged Obama to veto the project.

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