Landowners Face $1M In Liens Over Keystone XL Road Dispute

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KELO Meade County

Some South Dakota landowners are outraged over liens hitting their property related to the Keystone XL crude-oil pipeline.
Iowa-based Brandenburg Drainage filed 23 liens totaling more than $1 million against Meade County landowners last month. The lien amounts ranged from about $3,600 to nearly $244,000.
Brandenburg Drainage is a subcontractor of a company that developer TransCanada hired to improve county roads during construction of the Keystone XL pipeline project. The long-stalled pipeline would move crude oil from tar sands in western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Brandenburg Drainage completed some work last fall before a dispute arose with contractor Diamond Willow Energy. Brandenburg filed the liens against landowners to recover money the company claims they’re owed by Diamond Willow.
The landowners aren’t involved in the projects.

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