Land owned by Art and Helen Tanderup, on their property in Neligh, NE. The Keystone XL pipeline would exit their property at the line of trees.
"This farm has been in Helen's family for about 100 years. It was bare prairie land when Helen's grandfather came here. He built the house, the barn, and some of the other older buildings. Helen's folks lived here and Helen grew up here. We have continued a family tradition of being good stewards of the land and water. We are caretakers of the land; it needs to be protected like one protects a child. This farm means a lot to both use us. We hope to pass it on to our children and grandchildren. We would like to see it stay in the family for as long as possible. So many great memories have been made here. If he pipeline goes in, it will be raping the land. It is not a natural thing to happen to the land. Knowing that any day, we might be drinking poisonous water is a dreadful thought. Our grandchildren, children, pets and ourselves are at risk of being victims to a major break. The stress of having the pipeline in the ground could be so bad that we have to sell the land and move away, trashing our retirement dreams.
- Eric Kayne
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TransCanada has approached us a few times about easements. After their second offer, we instructed them to contact our Nebraska Easement Action Team lawyers. They have tried to send us registered offers a couple of times and we have had them returned without opening. When we have encountered their representatives at pipeline meetings, they always try to set up a meeting where they could discuss the easement. We always decline. The actual easement that they offered was around $30, 000. This was determined by taking the actual acres of the easement and paying current land price for the easement acres. On top of that were damage fees for crop loss during construction, etc. In December, they sent the holdout landowners letters threatening eminent domain. Right before Christmas, they sent out final offers with a promise of eminent domain early in 2015. That offer for us went to the NEAT lawyers. They continue to bully landowners around hoping to win additional easements." - Art Tanderup
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