I am a landowner in South Dakota, just north of the Nebraska Sand Hills. The pipeline may end up running across my land. I have received two requests for permission to survey a route through my property. I have refused both times and will continue to fight to keep the pipeline off my land.
The pipeline may be a good deal for America, but it is a rotten deal for the landowners whose land will be devalued by the constant and long-lasting risk of the pipeline. The landowners will receive a small, one-time payment but will have their land put at risk for as long as the pipeline exists. From a purely financial standpoint, it is a high risk, low reward deal. It just plain stinks.
My family already lost land when the dams were build along the Missouri River. We did our part for U.S. energy policy. It is someone else’s turn.
You don’t have to be a liberal to oppose the pipeline.
The risks to you and other land owners are very high. This isn’t going through federal land, and and clean up costs will be very high when (not if) the line leaks.
Not to mention the fact that the government has hinted they will use ED to take the line if they can’t buy rights to it.