Letter from Oil Pipeline Giant Threatens Landowners

Surrender Land or Face Forced “Condemnation Proceedings”

08-27-2010 // Tony Iallonardo

TransCanada will force landowners to surrender their property if they do not accept the dangerous “Keystone XL” oil pipeline on their land, according to a letter obtained by National Wildlife Federation. While the massive 2,000 mile pipeline has yet to be approved by the federal government, they are invoking a Nebraska statute to ensure rapid construction.

Environmental groups are warning the pipeline is almost certain to spill, and that the fuel it will carry known as tar sands is far dirtier and more polluting than conventional oil or gas.

“TransCanada is forcing property owners to put a ticking time bomb on their land," said Joe Mendelson, director of global warming policy for National Wildlife Federation. "Safety incidents happen almost daily. We recently uncovered 56 fatalities and 1,000 safety incidents from the industry in the last three years alone. Keystone XL will be no different. "

In states that would be crossed by the pipeline -- including Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas -- citizens have protested the plan and called for cancelation of the pipeline altogether.

“TransCanada has about as much respect for landowners as they have for the environment," said Mendelson. "It’s up to the Obama administration and state leaders to put a stop to this awful project before it’s too late.”

NWF recently released the report, “Staying Hooked on a Dirty Fuel: Why Canadian Tar Sands are a Bad Bet for the United States,” which looks at the dangers of tar sands development both to the Canadian and American environment, and global threat they pose because they emit higher greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil or gas.

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