Meghan Hammond feeds goats on her and her husband's property where the Keystone XL pipeline would potentially cut through.
"The farm has been a lifestyle that our family has chosen to carry on since my Great Great Great Grandfather homesteaded it in the 1860s. Passed down from generation to generation, we have been taught how important it is to care for the gifts that it has given us. It has taken generations of education to preserve and care for the land that has so carefully been passed on to us.
This pipeline goes against everything we have tried to accomplish. The risk of a foreign tar sands pipeline is unmeasurable. TransCanada can put their check book away, there will never be a dollar amount that would allow us to step aside and give up rights to the next generations.
[The farm has been in our family since] the 1860's.
My parents were on the first route around 2007 or 2008, and after being threatened with Eminent Domain 3 times and consulting with a lawyer who represented folks on Keystone 1--- they signed. They signed, not because they wanted to, but because they thought they were out of options. They believed everything the land manager said, that they had every permit they needed and they could start condemnation proceedings because they had the right to. THENNNNN- along came Bold Nebraska and folks and landowners started coming out of the woodwork. And Bold Nebraska found Domina Law Group out of Omaha to help educate landowners on what our rights are, forming NEAT (Nebraska Easement Action Team, created only to educate represent landowners for better easement terms). After just ONE meeting we fully understood its not about the money its all about the terms!
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Next…. the reroute happens. Unsure if we’d get our easement back we felt .01 better we weren’t on the reroute… We were wrong. The current proposed reroute crosses land about 15 miles SOUTHEAST of the origional route that is owned by my aunt (my mom’s sister, Terri Harrington) who lives in Denver, CO; my family and I farm the land for her. Since my family was on route one we were more than prepared and up to speed as to what our rights were for the reroute. I’m not sure how many times TC has contacted her. She has requested that they only do so through Domina Law. I don’t have the slightest clue what TC is offering nor do I care. This has been a long road and we are so grateful to have such a large family to help carry on the fight. It started with my parents on route one, then the reroute happens. The reroute is 1 mile from the original home section. 3 of my aunts and their families are now active in the fight. From New York, Virginia, Vermont, and South Dakota- we have family all over in this fight. And last but not least, through all of this we have been educated and united. This fight has several issues, from property rights to land and water. But this fight isn’t about my family or Nebraska, it’s about CLIMATE CHANGE." -Meghan Hammond
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