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It was May 2008 when Susan and Bill Dunavan received their first letter from TransCanada and, soon after, began getting visits by land agents to negotiate easements. Nine years later, the couple is still fighting to keep their property. The oil company, looking to secure a route through Nebraska for its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, wanted to run the pipeline diagonally through the Dunavans’ 80 acres of native pastureland near York. But Susan and Bill were skeptical from the start—and the more they learned about tars sands and their rights as landowners, the more they resisted. All told, the couple has received seven offers—of just about enough money to buy a used car—and countless letters threatening eminent domain. “I couldn’t understand why they were threatening us with eminent domain when they had no authority,” Susan says. “It’s really devastating for our family and all the other families who haven’t signed easements. I think a lot of people did it out of pressure, but I feel sorry for the people who have signed easements. Maybe they’re happy with what they got, but I don’t how anybody could think this through, see how it could jeopardize our land and our water for future generations, and allow this to happen without a fight.” Photo: @matzkephoto/Bold Nebraska
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