Pipeline is great concern to Great Plains

The TransCanada pipeline is coming with a few complaints, which is not what the company wants to hear these days. TransCanada pipeline controversy PIPELINE OF CONCERN: Beyond the environmental concerns coming with the new TransCanada pipeline, there are some other ones surfacing as well. (Photo: brianc/flickr) The Keystone pipeline, which connects the Alberta Tar Sands with refineries in Oklahoma and Illinois, is only getting more controversial. On the one hand, the pipeline is said to have brought jobs to parts of Oklahoma, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Illinois and Missouri. On the other hand, there are those who claim that the pipeline came with over-the-top sweetheart deals for TransCanada, the company that operates the pipeline. A Vancouver Sun story quoted Dan Holub, a county commissioner in Marion County, saying that Kansas struck a raw deal with TransCanada by exempting the company from certain taxes over the next decade. “If we had that pipeline on the tax rolls this year, we could have cut our levy by 30 to 40 percent,” Holub told the Sun. There are also concerns that TransCanada had been using eminent domain too aggressively in its pipeline construction after a farmer in Clay Center, Kansas refused to accept the company’s $15,000 offer to build through his farm. Of course, there are two sides of every coin. For one thing TransCanada will be paying taxes to communities after their 10-year grace period is up. As for the eminent domain situation, that will be something that has to be decided in court, and that is likely to happen in the Kansas Supreme Court. No matter what side of the pipeline debate you are on, there’s no doubt that there is controversy surrounding it. This is bad news for TransCanada, which is on a media barrage as of late trying to sell America on extending its existing pipeline. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would directly link up the Alberta tar sands with TransCanada’s existing pipeline in Nebraska, and then extend the existing pipeline hundreds of miles to ports in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas. But with environmentalists and landowners along the entire length of these pipelines screaming foul, it sounds like TransCanada will have a big PR campaign on their hands. ((15 FEB 2011))





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