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Bold Nebraska Statement on TransCanada Suing U.S. Government Over Rejection of its Keystone XL Pipeline

Terry VanHousen

Terry van Housen, whose land near Stromsburg, NE was in the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Photo: Mary Anne Andrei)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2016

Contact:
Jane Kleeb, 402-705-3622, jane@boldnebraska.org

Bold Nebraska Statement on TransCanada Suing U.S. Government
Over Rejection of its Keystone XL Pipeline

Lincoln — Bold Nebraska issued the following statements today in response to TransCanada’s announcement that it will file a claim under NAFTA to try to recoup a supposed $15 billion loss it suffered when the U.S. government rejected its Keystone XL pipeline project. The company also separately filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court that claims it was unconstitutional for the President to reject the foreign company’s risky tarsands pipeline.

“The rejection of Keystone XL was justified in order to protect the land, water and property rights of farmers and ranchers. This desperate attempt by TransCanada is a move to show their shareholders they have a viable project when they have hit a dead end,” said Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska director.

“TransCanada’s latest action reminds me of a spoiled kid who refuses to take “no” for an answer,” said Nebraska farmer Art Tanderup, whose land was in the path of the rejected pipeline. “The President said “no” and now they are going to sue. A foreign corporation is suing the United States because they were not allowed to push their poison through the heartland with no concern for the land, the water and the people who live here.”

“This action by TransCanada says that they are not serious about building the pipeline. Why sue if they are still planning on building? To me, this is good news. TransCanada bullies landowners, they bully the states, and now they’re bullying the Federal Government,” said Paul Seamans, South Dakota landowner.

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