Commissioners urge caution
Marion County Attorney Susan Robson presented a contract proposal Friday to county commissioners that would allow TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline to pass through the county.
TransCanada representative Tommy Darnell also received a copy of the contract proposal. He said he would give the proposal to the company’s attorneys to review.
The attorneys will work out any differences with Robson, he said.
The proposal includes provisions for inspection where the pipeline crosses county rights of way and a $2 million bond to pay for any damage the company causes to county roads.
Robson said she felt rushed by TransCanada representatives and did not like it. The county needs to be careful about the contract because of what is at stake, Commissioner Bob Hein said.
Darnell said he hoped the company could reach an agreement with the county and finalize the contract Monday.