Now time to kill it off at the border.
The press tends to gloss over the fact than the Keystone XL pipeline serves no public purpose in the United States, therefore it does not have the power of eminent domain to condemn land for its right-of-way. As proof of that, its bribed supporters have had to pass laws that confer on it a special power of eminent domain – when under any test, it is not entitled to such authority. So the landowners haves sued to block it. Which is exactly what they should do. Fight the confiscation of their land as hard as they can. And Keystone has backed down.
This win becomes Exhibit A in why fighting condemnation is always the best strategy. Always was, always will be. No eminent domain for private gain. If a pipeline does not serve a public purpose as a common carrier or a public utility, it does not have the right of eminent domain. The land owners in the way of this private tar line are not going to let it go through their land on its way to a private refinery in Texas to be shipped on a privately owned tanker to China.
What part of that do the Republican Presidential candidates not understand ?
What if some US company proposed to build a train line through Canada to do nothing but ship US coal to Hudson Bay for shipment overseas to Russia. You think the Canadians along the route would just sit back and applaud the single-purpose private rail line condemnations through their land ? How is the proposed Keystone XL hot tar line any different ? It’s not.
The state courts have held that the Keystone XL is not a public utility. It has no power of eminent domain. If a landowner does not want a hot tar tube going though their property, they can simply tell Keystone XL to frack off. That’s what they did.
Even if your property is subject to lawful eminent domain – the smart move is to force a condemnation – that’s what all the studies have proven.
The Keystone XL pipeline is nothing more that a gigantic privately owned hot tar line from Canada to a refinery on the Gulf Coast- it is not a public utility. It does not serve the public like a power line, telephone line, highway or gas distribution line. It is not a common carrier in the US – you cannot put crude oil into it, you cannot take crude oil out of it. Legally, it has no public purpose in the US or in any state it passes through.
Since it is not a public utility, it should not have the power of eminent domain over private land. Not a difficult concept. Even Hillary Clinton understands that.
It is not only your right as a US citizen to fight it, if you are a landowner in its way, you have a public obligation to oppose it – in court.
The rest of us have the obligation to oppose it in the voting booth. It is our obligation as voters to keep our fellow citizens from being steam-rolled by the unlawful use of eminent domain.
Congratulations to Bold Nebraska and all those courageous American’s who fought this corrupt, illegal expropriation of their land. Come election day, support candidates that support private property rights and oppose condemnation for private gain.
And that new canal being built to carry refined tar to China ? Maybe not now. Maybe not never.