Media Advisory: Monday, June 17th, 3 pm Media Conference

Contacts:  Debra Medina, We Texans, 512.663.8401, Linda Curtis or Jessica Ellison, Independent Texans, 512.657.2089 and 512.653.9179, Julia Trigg Crawford, 713.443.8789, Laura Ehrlich, Jim Hightower & Associates, 512.477-5588

Cross-Partisan Coalition Calls on Lt. Governor and House Speaker for Interim Study and Full Public Hearings on Eminent Domain Abuse Starting in East Texas, to include Public Safety Concerns Related to Potential Water Threats from Tar Sands Crude and Hydraulic Fracking

WHAT:  An unlikely coalition of leaders from across the partisan divide are starting a door knocking campaign to urge Lt. Governor Dewhurst and House Speaker Straus to call for an Interim Study on Eminent Domain Abuse following the close of the current Special Session.  Rumors abound that the Governor will call yet another Special Session in July, this one with eminent domain on the Call.  This would waste taxpayer dollars as consensus is unlikely because affected Texans have yet to be heard.

WHEN:  Press Conference is on Monday, June 17th at 3 pm, just following door knocking.

WHERE:  Outside the Capitol Grill, Capitol Extension, E1.002 (3 pm)

WHY: We believe a consensus on real eminent domain reform is impossible without FULL PUBLIC HEARINGS in the affected areas of Texas (not Austin).  The Lt. Governor and House Speaker are empowered to call for an Interim Study.  This should begin immediately following this Special Session in the areas where land was seized by TransCanada for the Keystone XL pipeline, before any hearings took place whatsoever.  Hearings that did take place were limited to the parties and excluded critical issues such as the potential harm from a spill over one of the largest Texas aquifers, the Carrizo-Wilcox that serves 10-12 million people and countless farms.  If the aquifer is polluted, the aquifer is dead and so would be Texas farming and our economy.  In addition, these hearings should address hydraulic fracking’s excessive use of potable water in the midst of our severe water shortage.

SPEAKERS:  (and possibly more)

Julia Trigg Crawford, Lamar County farmer

Debra Medina, We Texans

Jim Hightower, former Texas Agriculture Commissioner

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5 Responses to “Media Advisory: Monday, June 17th, 3 pm Media Conference”

  • Folks, it’s time we all get together on the big issues that unite, rather than divide us along party lines. Please share this Media Advisory to media and regular folks across the land — Texas and beyond. Thank you!

  • ellen hansen:

    will attend

  • ljcurtis:

    Great Ellen and please spread the word. Best wishes, Linda Curtis, Independent Texans

  • mary c. decker:

    Like the members of any committed relay team, we grassroots folks are waiting for the handoff-the statements that you will make in Austin today that we can pass on down the line to the voters and officials in our areas about protecting Texas landowner rights, including eminent domain, and our State’s increasingly scare water resources. We applaud you; and we are ever grateful for your leadership, vision, courage, and the sacrifices that you make on behalf of the citizens of Texas. Mary Charlotte Decker, Jacksonville, Texas 75766

  • Carolyn W. Timmons:

    From the banks of the Kalamazzo River DILBIT spill (worst in history SO FAR), I quote from Jim Hightower’s “Swim Against the Current”: Those who say it can’t be done should not interrupt those who are DOING it. So proud of you all. Please don’t allow our Kalamazoo tragedy to be in vain.

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