A tract is already cleared on both sides of Highway 105 in Hardin County in preparation for the Keystone XL Pipeline to come through. According to Hardin County Commissioner Ken Pelt, Highway 326 just south of Pine Island Bridge has been flagged, making way for trucks carrying pipe to the pipeline.
The Dishman family owns several thousand acres in Jefferson County and Transcanada will go through some of their land. George Dishman speaks for the family and has plenty of experience on both sides of the issue and with the pipeline process and he says, "They've got to get along with the land owners and hire local people to make it a success."
He's in favor of the opportunity the pipeline offers Southeast Texas. But he has concerns about cooperation between the pipeline company and the landowners throughout the entire process.
He says the pipeline, "Keeps the farmer from making full use of his property. Now we've lived with pipelines for a long time and I think we're equipped, provided that the people putting in the pipeline cooperate with the landowners down here."
TransCanada says they have relationships with 60,000 American landowners and they try to reach voluntary agreements with them.
In a statement TransCanada gave 12 News HD they said, "Where voluntary agreement was not reached, Transcanada has followed Texas statute to the letter in determining compensation for easements. The process is governed by Texas law, not Transcanada policy."
And while the legal battle with some landowners may continue in court, the ground is moving to make way for the pipeline.
TransCanada won a case against Rice Land Partners recently. The landowners said they were not being fairly compensated for the use of their land. The concern in these cases, and what needs to be negotiated, is what is fair market prices for lost crops and loss of use of property.