The Fifth Amendment guarantees “just compensation.”
Anti-Keystone XL-er Amy Blumenshine claims:
Over 1,000 citizens showed up and 300 asked to testify. Most who spoke were from Nebraska and the opponents to the pipeline were in a 12 to 1 majority. I felt good that I had come to stand—as we did during testimonies—in support of landowners who had been bullied by the “bigness” of the forces that sought to use their land. Landowners and farmers (often women, I note) talked of the arrogance, deceit and threats of the agents who’d visited them. Many testified that they had been told that their land would be taken by eminent domain without significant compensation if they refused to sign permission for easements to cross their land. For this, said the testifiers, TransCanada showed itself to be the proverbial “bad actor,” a category of applicant whom the State Department is required to reject.