Keystone to condemn private land
Keystone XL company moves to condemn South Dakota land
The company planning the Keystone XL oil pipeline is moving to condemn private land in northwestern South Dakota’s Harding County.
The Rapid City Journal reports TransCanada Corp. has filed eminent domain condemnation petitions in state court against parcels of land owned by two families.
At least one of them plans to fight. Jeffrey Jensen says he’ll take the matter to court if necessary.
The $8 billion, 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometer) pipeline would deliver oil from Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. It still faces several hurdles along with intense resistance from environmental groups and Native American tribes.
South Dakota’s Supreme Court in June dismissed an appeal from pipeline opponents including the Cheyenne River Sioux of a judge’s decision last year upholding regulators’ approval for the pipeline to cross the state.