Jane Kleeb, founder of prominent watchdog group Bold Nebraska, doesn't agree.
She estimates that about 35 percent of the more than 500 Nebraska landowners affected by the Keystone XL route have reached easement agreements with TransCanada.
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Part of the problem was the company's low initial offers, Kleeb said.
"It started out where a landowner would only be offered $1,000 to $3,000," she said. "Now they're being offered $100,000 to $200,000 to $300,000. We don't have a lot of oil pipelines in our state, so I think TransCanada really thought they could get away with giving us as little money as possible."
Unfamiliarity with pipeline deals is not an issue for David Holland, a semiretired tax attorney who said he has signed more than 65 pipeline easements across the East Texas property that has been in his family since 1878. He is now in litigation to fight an involuntary Keystone XL easement.
"TransCanada wanted an easement across our property at a substantial discount to market value, and on incredible terms that I had never seen before," Holland said. Those terms included a 50-foot-wide easement with the right to install an unlimited number of pipelines in the future, he added.
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"We offered them an easement on the same terms that we've done with other companies, and they turned that down," Holland said. "Instead of negotiating, they basically filed an action to condemn the property, in which case they can take possession of [it] for as long as they can keep the case going."
For Holland, whose property is now traversed by a portion of the Keystone pipeline that is expected to begin operating this year, the case has expanded beyond business.
"Up until the time they showed up with sheriffs to enter our property without paying us, it was a condemnation case," he said. "After that, it became a civil rights case."