Keystone XL —- Eminent Domain Lawsuits Filed In South Dakota

Pipeline eminent domain lawsuits filed in SD. TransCanada Corp. has filed lawsuits to condemn land in western South Dakota along the route of its proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, though it hasn’t received federal approval for the project. TransCanada says the federal permitting process is separate from eminent domain disputes. The Argus Leader says a bill in the Legislature would require private companies to obtain all permits before filing an eminent domain lawsuit. TransCanada’s latest report to the Public Utilities Commission shows the company has reached easement agreements with 53 percent of the 313 landowners along the South Dakota portion of the pipeline route. TransCanada wants to condemn property owned by 13 landowners. The company says it does so only as a last resort. The pipeline is to move oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. ((26 JAN 2011))






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