Author: Mark Hefflinger

Response to TransCanada Statement on Court Ruling, Obama Comment on Decision Timeline

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On Monday, TransCanada released a statement saying that after reviewing the Nebraska court’s decision in Thompson v. Heineman, it believes the route for its Keystone XL pipeline “remains valid during appeal” of the landowners’ victory in their lawsuit over the routing process in Nebraska. Meanwhile, Pres. Obama reportedly told a meeting of state governors today […]
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MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” Covers Nebraska Keystone XL Lawsuit

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Bold Nebraska energy director Ben Gotschall was scheduled to appear on MSNBC host Chris Hayes’ “All In With Chris Hayes” show last night, but a conflict with the local remote studio saw his appearance bumped (although he does appear in a clip wearing his cowboy hat!) In the clip below, Chris talks about Wednesday’s ruling […]
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MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” Covers Court Ruling Finding Keystone XL Routing Unconstitutional

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“TransCanada has no approved route in Nebraska… the pipeline project is at a standstill in this state,” stated David Domina, attorney for landowners who sued over the process that granted eminent domain authority to TransCanada for routing its proposed Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska. “Citizens won today. We beat a corrupt bill that Gov. Heineman […]
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Judge Sides With Landowners, Rules LB 1161 Unconstitutional

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Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy today sided with three Nebraska landowners and ruled that LB 1161 — the law passed by the Nebraska legislature in 2012 that granted the power of eminent domain to Gov. Dave Heineman, and in turn TransCanada for its Keystone XL pipeline — is declared unconstitutional and void. The ruling includes a […]
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ALEC’s Anti-Environment Agenda

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The Stand Up to ALEC campaign this week focuses on the anti-environment, anti-renewable energy, climate change-denying agenda of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Below is a report on ALEC’s efforts to undermine efforts to combat climate change and protect our environment, prepared with input from The Center for Media and Democracy, DeSmog Blog, The […]
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Nebraska Landowners Purchase Anti-Keystone XL Radio Ads

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Bold Nebraska will be running a new ad on a local Sandhills radio station to counter the misinformation being spread by TransCanada among Nebraska landowners and citizens. The coalition of ranchers and landowners will be matching TransCanada’s ad buy, airing their ads directly after each of TransCanada’s for the next three weeks. Listen to the […]
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Jane Kleeb’s Op-Ed in New York Times: “Our Land, Our Water, Our Country”

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Bold Nebraska director Jane Kleeb was asked by The New York Times to contribute a short opinion piece on Keystone XL for their Opinion Pages feature “Room for Debate,” alongside other Pipeline Fighters such as 350.org’s Bill McKibben and Erich Pica of Friends of the Earth. Here is Jane’s piece, entitled “Our Land, Our Water, […]
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Nebraska Easement Action Team Passes Critical Resolution

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This morning, the board of directors of the Nebraska Easement Action Team (NEAT), a non-profit legal defense fund that works to protect Nebraska landowners and citizens who stand to be affected by the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, passed a critical new resolution expressing concerns about TransCanada’s behavior and tactics toward Nebraska landowners. The resolution […]
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MSNBC Host Ed Schultz Coming to Nebraska to Visit Landowners in the Path of Keystone XL

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MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” host Ed Schultz announced on Friday on his show that he will come to Nebraska to visit with landowners, farmers and ranchers who are in the path of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. They are facing threats of eminent domain from a foreign corporation, that would force them to give up […]
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