Counties Wrangle with TransCanada’s Pipeline Projects
It looks like construction of the Keystone Expansion pipeline is moving ahead in Cowley County, Kansas.
The Keystone Expansion pipeline has been especially controversial because Kansas, unlike all of the other states the Keystone Pipelines will pass through, may give the project a property tax exemption for 10 years. Five of the six affected counties have been fighting this for some time, apparently unsuccessfully.
Meanwhile, Marshall County, South Dakota, has finally settled with TransCanada for the damage that construction of the Keystone I pipeline did to the county’s roads. According to this news account, the county got $1 million dollars. Past news coverage said they were asking for $1,037,760 and TransCanada had only offered $713,000.
It took until May 2010 to settle payment for damage done in summer 2009.