For Immediate Release Contact: John Hansen 402-476-8815
December 11, 2014
NeFU Says TransCanada Deserves Coal in their Christmas Stocking This Year
Lincoln, NE. Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) says that it appears that TransCanada has earned a “coal only” Christmas stocking this year. “When it comes down to the ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’ question, TransCanada has certainly not been ‘Nebraska nice’, or any other kind of nice for that matter this year,” said NeFU President John Hansen.
“TransCanada’s recent letter to landowners threatening them with eminent domain proceedings that is clearly intended to frighten and bully landowners into signing easements despite the fact they do not remotely have eminent domain authority in Nebraska at this point is truly naughty to the point of being down right mean,” Hansen said. He pointed out the Nebraska law that would put them in position to acquire eminent domain authority has been declared “null and void” by a Lancaster County district judge. The outcome of the appeal of that decision to the Nebraska Supreme Court is yet to come.
“When you knowingly misrepresent your legal status to landowners during active easement negotiations for material gain, it appears to us that is a form of theft by deception or fraud. We interpret the Santa Claus standard for naughty to include all knowing unethical acts, which clearly puts TransCanada’s recent tactics in the “very naughty-getting nothing but coal for Christmas” category. When you do the wrong things for the wrong reasons over and over again, it’s going on Santa’s ‘naughty’ list,” Hansen said.
Hansen said “Not only does TransCanada not have state policy in force that affords them eminent domain authority; they lack the State Department and President Obama approval at the federal level. We believe that Santa Claus will agree with us that amounts to a “double naughty” form of deception for material gain by TransCanada.
“Instead of practicing the Golden Rule like all good boys and girls try to do, TransCanada has recently launched another one of its many self-serving public relations advertising campaign to divert the public focus away from their arm twisting agents and corporate lawyers who are turning down the high-pressure screws on Nebraska landowners. We believe Santa will not fall for a phony self-serving big bucks advertising campaign, and that TransCanada will still be getting coal for Christmas. Good boys and girls do not need to “campaign” for presents from Santa on TV, radio, and in the newspaper because they know Santa keeps a list all year, and has been checking it twice,” Hansen said.
Nebraska Farmers Union is a general farm organization with 6,000 farm and ranch family members dedicated to protecting and enhancing the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers, and their rural communities. Since 1913, Nebraska Farmers Union has helped organize over 445 cooperatives.