Nebraska Farmer Vows to Keep Fighting Pipeline

January 25, 2017 09:54 AM
Jim Tarnick at a 2012 hearing.

President Donald Trump's decision to restart the Keystone XL pipeline approval process is disheartening but not surprising to a central Nebraska farmer whose property is slated to be bisected by the project.

Jim Tarnick told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he and other landowners who oppose the pipeline will continue to fight. But he says he hopes he doesn't have to do so "for the rest of my life."

Tarnick says he's confident landowners in Nebraska will continue to block the pipeline through lawsuits and other procedural challenges.

Tarnick has previously rejected at least six financial offers from TransCanada for access to his land, ranging from $30,000 to $58,000. He says he's concerned about the pipeline's possible effects on groundwater and soil.

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Spell Check

Mooseville, OK
1/25/2017 10:57 AM

  While I sympathize with him he really needs to understand that he and his cohorts can't stop the project. Eventually, when regulatory approvals are in place, the builder will just run a condemnation hearing in federal court and proceed anyway. One went through here a few years ago along an existing ROW. The offers for new construction were on the order of 500x - 700x the amount specified by the existing ancient easements. Many farmers thought just like the unfortunate subject of this article and, as a result, around 40% of them received only the amount specified by the original ROW agreements rather than several hundred times that amount. The moral of this story: argue & enrich your local attorneys all you like but when the construction equipment is a few days from your property line decide whether you want: a) more than the next 10 or 20 generations of your family will gross on the impacted acreage; or b) nothing (or almost nothing) because the project will proceed and those are your choices.

Buckingham, IL
1/27/2017 07:00 AM

  Keep fighting. We have enough oil. It will just make the rich richer. We don't need our water supplies damaged. They already damaged our guiet country area with windmills. They are all looking for handouts from UNCLE SAM!!


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