"Eminent Domain Fight Has a Canadian Twist"

"A Canadian company has been threatening to confiscate private land from South Dakota to the Gulf of Mexico, and is already suing many who have refused to allow the Keystone XL pipeline on their property even though the controversial project has yet to receive federal approval."

"Randy Thompson, a cattle buyer in Nebraska, was informed that if he did not grant pipeline access to 80 of the 400 acres left to him by his mother along the Platte River, 'Keystone will use eminent domain to acquire the easement.' Sue Kelso and her large extended family in Oklahoma were sued in the local district court by TransCanada, the pipeline company, after she and her siblings refused to allow the pipeline to cross their pasture.

'Their land agent told us the very first day she met with us, you either take the money or they’re going to condemn the land,' Mrs. Kelso said. By its own count, the company currently has 34 eminent domain actions against landowners in Texas and an additional 22 in South Dakota."

Leslie Kaufman and Dan Frosch report for the New York Times October 17, 2011.

Source: NY Times, 10/18/2011