The purpose of Grassroots Alberta Citizens Initiative/Centre for the Alberta Taxpayer is to promote the responsible and efficient use of tax dollars and to carry out an educational role with respect to wealth creation and responsible public policy. These are registered trade names and a project of the Grassroots Alberta Landowners Association, an Alberta non-profit organization.
Grassroots Alberta Landowners Association: Working with Local Landowners on Pipeline and Powerline Projects
Grassroots Alberta Landowners Association is available to work with landowners when their property is affected by pipeline and powerline projects. For some years now, several larger non-profit landowner associations, backed by experienced landowner rights lawyers, have been working with landowners when these projects cross private land.
Acting in this manner can help ensure that landowners obtain agreements that are more comprehensive than any one landowner could achieve on his own. The process also ensures that genuine landowner concerns related to liability, construction standards, environment, safety, and bio-security can be resolved and addressed.
Jim Ness is the individual in the organization who more than any other facilitates these landowner projects. Jim is a farmer and cattle rancher living on the eastern side of the province, about thirty minutes west of the Saskatchewan border. He is a past director of the Alberta Grain Commission; past director of the Centre for Prairie Agriculture; past director of CAEPLA (Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowners Association) and past president of the Alberta Association of Pipeline Landowners.
Jim is a director of Grassroots Alberta Landowners Association and Lead Negotiator on Powerline and Pipeline Projects. He has been a licensed land agent in the province for more than a decade, working exclusively with landowners in their negotiations with oil, gas, electrical, and pipeline companies. He has played a lead role on numerous negotiation teams in discussions with energy and pipeline companies, at times working with more than 150 landowners in single negotiations. He has also collaborated with landowners and landowner groups in other provinces, and in parts of the United States.
Jim is also a principal behind Prairieland Ventures Ltd. (PVL). Jim has been involved with Paso Fino horses for many years. He owns his own plane, as does his son. He plays the bass guitar, loves country gospel, target shooting, and working with landowners. You can contact Jim by sending an email to admin [at] GrassrootsAlberta.ca.