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Nebraska Landowners, Tribal Nations, Rejoice as TC Energy Says Keystone XL Pipeline is Terminated

Landowners still face ongoing eminent domain litigation with easements not relinquished by TC Energy; Pipeline Fighters, Water Protectors vow to continue until all equipment removed and land returned

Hastings, NE — Bold Nebraska, Tribal Nations, and Water Protectors around the world rejoiced at the long-anticipated news on June 9 that TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) has “terminated the Keystone XL Pipeline project.”

“Pipeline fighters never gave up, even after President Biden stood with us and we knew locally the fight was not over until TransCanada waved the white flag,” said Jane Kleeb, Bold founder. “Now, the Nebraska Public Service Commission must prepare an order revoking the state permit they granted TransCanada. Until the Commissioners act, farmers and ranchers will continue to face TransCanada’s attorneys in court, protecting their property from an eminent domain land grab by a foreign corporation.”

“We want to thank Nebraska State Senators Adam Morfeld and Eliot Bostar for urging the PSC to act,” Kleeb added. “Governor Ricketts is on a tour of Nebraska right now, talking about ‘property rights.’ Now is Gov. Ricketts’ chance to back up his words and protect Nebraska landowners.”

“On behalf of our Ponca Nation we welcome this long overdue news and thank all who worked so tirelessly to educate and fight to prevent this from coming to fruition. It’s a great day for Mother Earth,” said Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Chairman Larry Wright, Jr.

“After a decade, it is a good day that TransCanada has realized that there is no future in tar sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline, but it is imperative that all permits granted in Nebraska be revoked, especially the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s permit,” said Art Tanderup, landowner and farmer on the now-cancelled Keystone XL pipeline route near Neligh, Nebraska and also along the historic Ponca Trail of Tears. “The further taking of easements by TransCanada must stop, and current easements must be returned to the landowners. This action provides proof that the stewards of the earth and the water; the farmers, ranchers, and Tribes know how to respect what the Creator has given us.”

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