In the past, US pipeline companies could pursue land takings by saying their projects were in the public interest, but as US energy exports boom and more pipelines are needed to ship product to export terminals, pipeline opponents are finding innovative ways to fight eminent domain takings. Property rights advocates and environmentalists now argue that exporting energy shrinks domestic supplies and raises costs for consumers, and therefore, pipeline projects carrying fuel for export should not be allowed to take land using eminent domain because they don't act in the best interest of the US public.
US export boom gives rise to new challenges to pipeline projects
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