Farmers, ranchers and others along the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline route will have an opportunity to hear from experts on pipeline landowner alliances and pipeline safety at 6 p.m. April 26 at the Lindsay Community Hall in Lindsay, halfway between Glendive and Circle.
The Keystone XL pipeline is a project of TransCanada that will transport Canadian tar sands to Texas for refining. While the pipeline route has not been finalized, it will likely cross six eastern Montana counties for 283 miles. The pipeline will cross the Milk, Missouri, and Yellowstone rivers.
At the Lindsay meeting, Dave Core of the Canadian Alliance of Pipeline Landowners Associations and Carl Weimer of the Pipeline Safety Trust in Washington state, will share their years of knowledge on the subject now facing hundreds of landowners in Phillips, Valley, McCone, Dawson, Prairie, and Fallon counties. Primary landowner concerns are liability, disruption of farm/ranch operations, fair compensation, and potential leaks into the water supply.
The Northern Plains Resource Council is coordinating with landowners along the route who are interested in negotiating a common agreement with TransCanada. The April 26 meeting is a first step in bringing people together to provide information.
Published April 22, 2009