Circle, MT

“When the Keystone project first became public, and we found out that it would cross our land, we formed a landowners’ group. It was a group of us ranchers, landowners, whatever, all the way from Glasgow to Glendive. Basically, we spent three years going to meetings—between ourselves, with other folks in the community, with Keystone. And we negotiated. For near on three years. That was the whole idea behind the group: that if there were enough of us, we’d have real power in the negotiation room. Eventually, we signed an agreement with them, because it was to the point where… well, we didn’t feel that we could stop the pipeline, so our best recourse on the deal was to have a contract that we could live with. That way, we weren’t sitting basically holdin’ the bag.”

Chuck Nerud
Circle, MT

Chuck Nerud Keystone

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