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    Eminent Domain Fight Has a Canadian Twist

    Randy Thompson, a cattle buyer in Nebraska, was informed that if he did not grant pipeline access to 80 of the 400 acres left to him by his mother along the Platte River, “Keystone will use eminent domain to acquire the easement.” Sue Kelso and her large extended family in Oklahoma were sued in the local district court by TransCanada, the pipeline company, after she and her siblings refused to allow the pipeline to cross their pasture.

    “Their land agent told us the very first day she met with us, you either take the money or they’re going to condemn the land,” Mrs. Kelso said. By its own count, the company currently has 34 eminent domain actions against landowners in Texas and an additional 22 in South Dakota.
    In addition to enraging those along the proposed pipeline’s 1,700-mile path, the tactics have many people questioning whether a foreign company can pressure landowners without a permit from the State Department — the agency charged with determining whether the project is in the “national interest.” A decision is expected by year’s end on the pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Alberta to American refineries.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/us...ewanted=1&_r=1

    This is why I openly hate and loath eminent domain. I dont buy into this public good bull**** its nothing but theft and nothing more
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    Re: Eminent Domain Fight Has a Canadian Twist

    Its about time this story got more attention. About the only time I think eminent domain should be used is to build a local highway. It most definitely should not be used to take property from one person and give it to another. And why on earth is a foreign private company being allowed to use eminent domain in the first place? WTF over.
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    Re: Eminent Domain Fight Has a Canadian Twist

    The people trying to use eminent domain in this case should have all their property seized for a penny
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    Re: Eminent Domain Fight Has a Canadian Twist

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    And why on earth is a foreign private company being allowed to use eminent domain in the first place? WTF over.
    Because it pertains to oil, and oil companies get immunity from democratic processes.

    Unless a whole lot of people stand up and fight it, the government will continue to ignore the rights of individuals and will rule in favor of their corporate overlords.

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