Regarding TransCanda's use of eminent domain before they even have a permit to install the pipeline, who wants to do business with a company that is so arrogant and so presumptuous?
How can TransCanada, headquartered in another country, come and tell Nebraska farmers and ranchers if they do not sign easements voluntarily, they will use eminent domain? The U.S. is a sovereignty, yet a foreign country is trying to invade U.S. sovereignty and tell U.S. citizens that, if they do not sign easements, they will disregard landowners' rights and do what they want to do. I would think that a landowner would have the say-so regarding what is to be done with his property or on his property.
If TransCanada is allowed to use eminent domain to accommodate its self-serving purposes, in the future, can any foreign country or foreign company come in and use eminent domain to accommodate its self-serving purposes?
According to published reports, a Nebraska rancher dug down three feet on his property and there was the Ogallala aquifer. The proposed pipeline is to be four feet below the surface of the soil. Does this mean the pipeline could be lying in water in some areas? The product to be pumped is known as dilbit, which requires the addition of toxins in order to be pumpable and goes down, not up. With 1,200 pounds internal pressure, if a ½-inch hole developed and existed for one to six months, how much toxic dilbit would leak into the aquifer? If the pipeline is lying in or above water, can you imagine the damage that would be done to water for humans, livestock and crop irrigation?
The power of eminent domain should never be allowed to be used by a foreign country or foreign company.
Walter L. Goossen, Henderson