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TransCanada begins condemnation proceedings

Lincoln Journal Star: TransCanada, the company proposing to build the controversial $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline, filed court documents Tuesday in nine Nebraska counties to start eminent domain proceedings and get the 12 percent of easements it still needs here. On the same day, Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers filed legislation (LB473) that would wrest the power to take land from the Canadian pipeline company. "The pipeline is like King Kong, and the people and farms are like ants and grasshoppers," Chambers said....

March against climate change crosses pipeline’s path

Lincoln Journal Star: Corn grew to the left, soybeans to the right and gravel crunched under their feet on Road 22 Saturday afternoon as about 70 Nebraskans met 35 marchers who are on a cross-country trek to inspire action in combating climate change. The Great March for Climate Action, which started in Los Angeles, reached Nebraska soil on June 30 and participants have been slowly winding their way through the state. By Saturday, their shoes' souls had covered about 1,800 miles -- about 20 miles a day -- with about...

Keystone XL opponents celebrate missed deadline

Lincoln Journal Star: Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline celebrated the passage of another regulatory deadline as the project remains tangled in governmental and legal red tape. TransCanada’s permit to build a 36-inch-diameter pipeline through South Dakota, issued June 29, 2010, gave the company four years to begin construction. After Sunday, state law will require TransCanada to recertify that the conditions of the permit are still met before starting construction. Also, interested parties who believe the project...