Tag Archives: Eminent Domain

Judge: XL foes can’t testify about safety, necessity

By Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald

LINCOLN — Pipeline developer TransCanada has won a ruling that bars Nebraska landowners and others who oppose its Keystone XL project from testifying about potential oil leaks and whether the pipeline is needed . . . Former Lancaster County District Judge Karen Flowers, who was hired to conduct next week’s hearings over the proposed Keystone XL, ruled that issues such as safety, necessity of the pipeline and whether the U.S. needs the Canadian oil are beyond the purview of the state’s review. She issued more than 30 rulings, based on objections filed by TransCanada, about what testimony would and would not be allowed at next week’s hearings over the Keystone XL’s 275-mile route across the state. Read more here, including statements by Jane Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska, now Bold Alliance.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

Meet Jane Kleeb: Nebraska’s Boldest Keystone XL Pipeline Fighter, EcoWatch

As the founder of Bold Nebraska, which has since grown into the multistate Bold Alliance, Kleeb has successfully united Republicans and Democrats, ranchers and native tribes, country folk and city dwellers to battle the oil company’s attempts to push its project through. And while the U.S. State Department’s March 24 announcement that it was reauthorizing the project certainly dealt a blow to their common cause, the diverse group is not backing down.

  • Skeptics in oil industry question whether Keystone XL pipeline is still needed, by Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald
  • Infographic: How Tar Sands Oil Is Processed
    Bitumen from the mines is usually processed at an upgrading facility into synthetic crude oil. On average it takes about two tons of mixed tar sands to produce one barrel of crude oil. Raw bitumen can be denser than water, which can make it harder to clean up when it spills into waterways. Source: Energy Information Administration, Government of Alberta/Alberta Energy. Infographic: Alyson Hurt, Ayodha Ouditt and Andrew Prince / NPR 
  • Celebrate First Ever American Wind Week: Nebraska’s wind development milestones to date and many more projects “in the pipeline” — under construction and proposed.

Top Photo: Keystone XL Public Hearing in Omaha at the Ralston Arena on July 26th.
Credit: Bold Nebraska

Protesters plan to put solar panels in the oil pipeline’s path

Nebraska Radio Network Contributor, William Padmore, KLIN,  Lincoln

With the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s weeklong Keystone XL public hearing in Lincoln starting next Monday, BOLD Nebraska is launching a new plan to fight against the planned pipeline. BOLD founder Jane Kleeb says the group plans to place solar panels directly in the way of the pipeline’s proposed route. Continue reading here.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING / VIEWING
Keystone opponents build solar panel on pipeline’s route, Nebraska TV
Jane Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska, said they’ve raised over $40,000 online for their Solar XL Project and said they’re turning their words into action. “We’re not just out in the streets protesting with signs, but we’re actually building the type of energy we want to see,” Kleeb said. Polk County farmer, Jim Carlson, is the first to install a solar panel and said he turned down $250,000 from the Trans-Canada Corporation.

NBC Nebraska Newscast: Local farmer builds solar panel array on land to fight Keystone XL pipeline

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION HEARINGS
August 7th through the 11th at 9 a.m. at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. Click this link for more information: http://www.psc.nebraska.gov/natgas/Keystone_Pipeline.html

August 4th Omaha World-Herald Article Regarding Testimony:
Judge: XL foes can’t testify about safety, necessity

Public Comment Form: http://www.psc.nebraska.gov/admin/admin_forms/pipeline.html

Hear From the Bold Nebraskans Who Won’t Give Up Fighting Keystone XL Pipeline

By Nicole Greenfield, EcoWatch

When TransCanada began knocking on doors throughout Nebraska in 2008, most residents didn’t know much about its Keystone XL pipeline or the dirty tar sands oil it would be transporting. The energy company was negotiating easements with local landowners in order to secure a route for its multibillion-dollar project—which would run north to south through the state, directly through the Ogallala Aquifer and across hundreds of Nebraskan rivers and streams. TransCanada threatened landowners with eminent domain if they didn’t comply. Click here to read their stories. 

Photo: Susan and Bill Dunavan on their land. Credit: Alex Matzke/Bold Nebraska

PUBLIC HEARINGS

The Nebraska Public Service Commission has scheduled the following public hearings to take formal testimony on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline across the state:

Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Location: Divots Conference Center, 4200 West Norfolk Avenue, Norfolk, Nebraska
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Doors open at 9:00 a.m.)

  • Public comments accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Commenters will have three to five minutes to speak.

The commission has also scheduled five days of public hearings August 7th through 11th beginning at 9 a.m. each day at Lincoln’s Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, 333 South 13th Street.

The commission also provides an online form for the public to submit comments.

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENT
Eminent Domain – World Premiere of an Omaha Playwright’s Work, Omaha Community Playhouse, August 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Description: On the surface, Eminent Domain exposes the hard-fought battle between Nebraska farmers and corporate energy. Dig deeper and the greater struggle is revealed: the fight to preserve our Heartland’s farms and the livelihood of the people who live here. Our most crucial resource is not just the land we are privileged to attend with cracked and calloused hands—it is our kin, our clan and our heritage.

Visit the Omaha Community Playhouse’s website

Still No Approved Route for Keystone XL in Nebraska as Resistance Mounts

By Brian Palmer, EcoWatch

Keystone XL has always been an economically risky proposition. Tar sands oil is expensive to extract, process, and transport, and the cost of the pipeline is now expected to exceed $8 billion—up from the $5.4 billion the company estimated in 2011. Back then, when crude oil cost $95 per barrel and tar sands production was ramping up, spending that exorbitant sum on a pipeline project might have been financially viable.

But in an era of relatively low crude oil prices (today, about $48 per barrel), cheap natural gas, and unprecedented drops in the price of renewable energy, it doesn’t make much sense to bother turning Canadian mud into oil. In recent years, fossil fuel companies including Shell, ConocoPhillips, Total, and Statoil have fled the tar sands mines of northern Alberta, canceling projects. This trend poses an existential financial problem for an 830,000-barrel-per-day pipeline that requires a substantial expansion of tar sands production to fill it . . . A recent Quinnipiac University national poll shows public support is dwindling for the project.

Read the entire article here.

Photo: Nebraska Landowners Tom and Cathie Genung
Credit: Mary Anne Andrei / BOLD Nebraska

PUBLIC HEARINGS
The Nebraska Public Service Commission has scheduled five days of public hearings August 7th through 11th beginning at 9 a.m. each day at Lincoln’s Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, 333 South 13th Street, to take formal testimony on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline across the state.

The commission also has an online form to gather comments.

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENT
Eminent Domain – World Premiere of an Omaha Playwright’s Work, Omaha Community Playhouse, August 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Description: On the surface, Eminent Domain exposes the hard-fought battle between Nebraska farmers and corporate energy. Dig deeper and the greater struggle is revealed: the fight to preserve our Heartland’s farms and the livelihood of the people who live here. Our most crucial resource is not just the land we are privileged to attend with cracked and calloused hands—it is our kin, our clan and our heritage.

Visit the Omaha Community Playhouse’s website for more information.