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TC Energy suing Nebraska landowners

Posted at 4:59 PM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 19:21:52-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) --  — On the heels of a major oil spill in the current Keystone Pipeline, TC Energy who used to be called TransCanada is suing Nebraska landowners to take their property.

Within the last 2 months, the company has sued about 90 Nebraska landowners who have refused to sell their land to build the pipeline through the state.

TC Energy has been granted permission to acquire the land through Eminent Domain typically reserved for local governments.

Jeanne Crumly is one of the many landowners being taken to court by TC Energy. She says allowing the oil company to take her land through eminent domain had stripped her and others of any leverage.

Residents in Antelope, Boyd, Holt, Stanton, Butler, Colfax, Jefferson, Seward, Saline, and Madison Counties along the approved route are being taken to court.

Crumly says if eminent domain laws say your land can be taken because someone can make more money it's dangerous for all citizens.

"If they can take my land because a corporate company in Canada wants to make some money than they can take your land and Walmart can do a parking lot across your land because they can make some money."

TC Energy says they've recovered about 4,300 barrels of oil that were spilled from the Keystone Pipeline in northeast North Dakota. More than 9,000 barrels were reportedly leaked because of the pipe break.