NORFOLK, NEBRASKA--(Marketwired - Jun 12, 2013) - TransCanada Corporation (TRP.TO) (TRP) (TransCanada) announced today that it has begun the process of de-registering certain easements that it has acquired for its original Keystone XL Pipeline route in Nebraska, which the company has agreed to re-route to avoid the defined Sandhills area and the Clarks and Western wellhead protection areas.
"We appreciate the early support and cooperation that we received from many Nebraska landowners for the original Keystone XL route. We have received approval for a different route and can now begin the work that is necessary to de-register easement agreements that are no longer required," said Corey Goulet, vice-president, Keystone Projects, TransCanada.
"This will not require any work on behalf of the impacted landowners and our land and legal team expects to have this work completed in the next two to three months," added Goulet. "In keeping with what we have said and what is standard practice for TransCanada, the landowners involved will be able to retain the payments made to them in exchange for these easement agreements."
TransCanada representatives will de-register easement agreements on properties in the following counties: Boone, Garfield, Greeley, Hamilton, Holt, Jefferson, Keya Paha, Merrick, Nance, Rock, Saline, York and Wheeler. In total, the easements that will be de-registered involve 288 landowners who controlled 367 properties and 58 temporary work space agreements.
"As we go through the process of releasing these easement agreements, our land agents are also working towards obtaining easements for the new (and approved) Keystone XL Pipeline route in Nebraska. We will keep working with affected landowners in an open and transparent manner and we look forward to continuing to earn the trust of the people whose land our pipeline will cross," concluded Goulet.
Once documents are completed by TransCanada's land team, each release will be filed in its respective courthouse. Once the release has been recorded, TransCanada will send copies to the respective landowner(s).
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