Goal: Bold’s goal is to end eminent domain for private gain pipelines. Big Oil and Big Gas corporations are abusing the power of eminent domain to build pipelines — mostly for export — that risk our land, water and climate.
A federal and state-based solution is needed that protects all Americans’ property rights beyond fancy talking points from politicians on the campaign trail. A clear process must be laid out for pipelines since right now each state does it differently thereby adding confusion to a process already rigged for Big Oil and Big Gas. The “public good” that eminent domain was founded on is now being used against the public good of clean air, water, climate and the security of our land—especially those whose livelihoods are dependent on the land—the farmers, ranchers and Tribal Nations.
Background: American landowners face serious risks with eminent domain for private gain, beyond the obvious loss of property rights. If a permitting agency like FERC or the State Department rejects a pipeline, exactly like what happened with Keystone XL, the pipeline company still owns the land they took through eminent domain. Pipeline companies with a rejected FERC of State Department permit can still turn around and sell the easement to any company they want and the landowner has no say in the land sale process.
We see a clear connection between climate change and the abuse of eminent domain for private gain pipelines. Agricultural communities (crop farming, fisherfolk, cattle producers) rely on clean water and soil for livelihoods and America’s food supply. Climate change is a clear risk to these livelihoods. Pipelines put livelihoods at direct risk of spills and explosions. The additional risk of droughts and extreme weather that come along with climate change, we simply can not continue to allow corporations to abuse eminent domain to build these risky pipelines.
Here in Oklahoma, the proposed Plains All American Red River Pipeline is threatens land and water and is using eminent domain for private gain to take property against landowners’ wishes for the pipeline.
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WATCH — Standing Bold: Bold Nebraska interviewed many of the landowners who joined with the Nebraska Easement Action Team to collectively battle eminent domain claims against their land for Keystone XL, about their experiences with TransCanada and during the years-long court battle they fought (and continue to fight!). An excerpt from the documentary film project is below.