X you are right. The bigger issue is money, and honestly some who do not want it on their land.
HB, they do have lawyers. I know one personally who is working on the case. They are (as X hinted) looking for a better deal and better assurances that if there is a leak, it doesn’t become the land owners problem.
If it had stayed at that, the deal would not have been political. The other issue is that there are some owners out there who are, lets just say Cali-fornicated. They don’t want the pipeline, or any development, that will bring more jobs into the area. Some like being big fish in a little pond, and come from families dating back to the bad old days when there were range wars (another source of income to the gentleman I know is setting disputes before they become range wars again).