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Bold Nebraska Responds to Trump Action on Keystone XL


Business  (tags: Trump, Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada, Bold Nebraska )

Judy
- 751 days ago - boldnebraska.org
Trump can issue all the Presidential Memoranda to fast-track KXL that he wants to. This action does not give any "green-light" to start the construction of Keystone XL. This article outlines the extensive obstacles to building this pipeline.



   

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Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday January 27, 2017, 1:11 am
NOTED!!!!!
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday January 27, 2017, 2:50 am
Shared article everywhere over social media to raise and spread awareness.
 

Animae C (507)
Friday January 27, 2017, 5:00 am
Awesome news!!!
HA, so trump hasn't got the power to get it started!!
 

Roro l (0)
Saturday January 28, 2017, 12:56 pm
Thank you
 

Birgit W (160)
Saturday January 28, 2017, 1:39 pm
Thanks for sharing Judy.
 

Janet B (0)
Saturday January 28, 2017, 5:47 pm
Thanks
 

Colleen L (3)
Saturday January 28, 2017, 8:24 pm
Great news. Thanks Judy
 

Judy C (91)
Saturday January 28, 2017, 10:05 pm
This article gives a thorough explanation of why Trump can't just wave a magic wand and force the completion of KXL. Here is a particularly critical section of the article:

STATUS OF KEYSTONE XL:
Nebraska

Unconstitutional pipeline law: The law (LB 1161) governing eminent domain and pipelines that TransCanada directly lobbied to pass through the Nebraska Legislature was challenged in court by Bold and landowners, and found to be unconstitutional. President Obama’s rejection of the pipeline compelled a Nebraska judge to dismiss the landowners’ case, but the unconstitutional law LB 1161 remains on the books, and thus TransCanada’s route for Keystone XL approved under the law is void. As a reminder, this law was pushed by Sen. Jim Smith, chair of Koch brothers-funded, right-wing group ALEC, which always does the bidding of corporations.

TransCanada must apply with Public Service Commission: Faced with this unconstitutional law they pressured Nebraska lawmakers to pass, TransCanada must instead now submit an application to build Keystone XL through Nebraska via the state’s Public Service Commission — a process that can take 8 months to a year. The PSC always had the constitutional authority to review pipelines, and during the heated 2011 Special Session in the Nebraska Legislature the PSC was given guidelines for reviewing pipelines. The PSC has the authority to tell TransCanada to choose a different route (e.g. Place a second pipeline alongside the Keystone 1 pipeline using the existing easements, so as to not take more land out production, and to not touch the fragile Sandhills and shallow parts of the Ogallala Aquifer). The PSC can also deny TransCanada’s application for a permit altogether.

No eminent domain for TransCanada until September 2017: TransCanada cannot apply to use eminent domain authority again to take farmers’ and ranchers’ land against their will until September 2017, according to applicable Nebraska state law governing the use of eminent domain. The collective of Nebraska landowners who held out against selling their land to TransCanada remains strong — many are still in court suing TransCanada for the money they had to spend on attorneys and court costs battling eminent domain for over six years.

In addition to all of that, there are other obstacles outlined in the article, such as the fact that tribal lands are involved in the KXL route. We know for sure that an attempt to resurrect this pipeline would trigger massive protests.
 

Hartson Doak (39)
Sunday January 29, 2017, 8:44 am
Again, the STATES have to protect it's people from the greedy oil companies.
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Sunday January 29, 2017, 8:44 am
Okay
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Sunday January 29, 2017, 11:06 pm
Thanks again
 

Janet B (0)
Monday January 30, 2017, 1:49 pm
Thanks
 

Lenore K (0)
Tuesday January 31, 2017, 12:30 pm
ok
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday January 31, 2017, 12:45 pm
Thanks for the extra information on Trump's desires and the resultant legal blockages, Judy!

Reshared article everywhere over social media to raise and spread awareness
 

Dianne D (490)
Tuesday January 31, 2017, 1:04 pm
I'm originally from Nebraska and it's a very, very Conservative state, so I'm shocked by this, but very proud of these people for taking a stand.
 

Freya H (345)
Tuesday January 31, 2017, 2:54 pm
We need LOTS of bold people and organizations these days to stand up to the Orange Ogre and his bugnut policies!
 

William C (0)
Tuesday January 31, 2017, 5:33 pm
Thank you.
 

W. C (7)
Tuesday January 31, 2017, 7:42 pm
Thanks.
 

Janet B (0)
Tuesday January 31, 2017, 9:12 pm
Thanks
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 31, 2017, 9:36 pm
Interesting. It's all in the details. Bookmarked.

Thank you, Judy for posting.

 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Wednesday February 1, 2017, 12:53 am
Not again
 

Judy C (91)
Saturday February 4, 2017, 12:21 am
Thanks everyone. I'm glad a lot of people read this informative article. I too was born in Nebraska Dianne, and I still live there. You are right, Nebraska has always been ultraconservative. However, it seems like that is changing a little these days. Also, the landowners here are refusing to be pushed around on the behalf of TransCanada, a foreign corporation. Many people are well informed about the reality of the risks of this pipeline and the phony propaganda and downright lies that pipeline promoters are using. I am pleased and surprised that Nebraskans have formed a powerful resistance to KXL, including landowners, Native Americans, as well as citizens. It is really important for people to mobilize at the state level on issues such as this, like Hartson says.
 

Lenore K (0)
Saturday February 4, 2017, 3:51 pm
ok
 
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