"We kind of had the last pipeline agreement we signed rammed down our throat," Voit says.
Some of the most vocal opposition to the Keystone pipeline is coming from a group in Texas which is attempting to get Kansans to keep fighting against the project before work begins in the Lonestar State.
People assembled at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene to hear more about the next phase which will expand the pipeline across more states and send a heavier flow of oil through the Kansas line.
"You can't turn back the clock," Texas land owner David Daniel says. "But regulations need to be put in place."
But the pipeline's owner, TransCanada, points out that several hundred thousand miles of petroleum pipelines have been operating safely across the United States for years. The company says it's the cheapest and safest way to transport oil from Canadian fields to the United States, which benefits all of us.
"The alternative is to deliver it by rail, by tanker truck, by tanker ship," TransCanada's Jim Prescott says. "This pipeline will replace 200 tankers a year of deliveries to the gulf coast from the Middle East."
When the feds required Voit to allow the pipeline to be buried on his property, the says he lost the ability to profit from his nearby rock quarry, because he's no longer able to blast with dynamite. There may be nothing he can do about it now. However, Voit and others want to keep TransCanada and federal officials on their toes to ensure further expansion of the pipeline causes as few problems as possible for people in Kansas and beyond.
The Obama administration is expected to decide before the end of the year whether to allow the pipeline expansion, which would create thousands of construction jobs.