More Landowners Sign Agreements to Allow Pipeline Construction
Despite organized opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline in Nebraska, many landowners along the proposed route now say they've accepted the project and are waiting for construction to begin. More than three-fourths of landowners have now signed agreements to let pipeline developer TransCanada run the line through their property. Many have received six-figure payments for easements and temporary crop losses while the pipeline is installed. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to decide in the coming months whether to recommend White House approval of the project, which would carry oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The opposition to the pipeline has been strongest in Nebraska, mostly because of concerns about environmental damage and property rights.