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Very Important Updates! Water, land, eminent domain and corporate personhood! See you soon, we hope!

Expect a full report soon — with an action request — from the League of Independent Voters on 7 of the 9 recent East Texas hearings on eminent domain, public safety and protection of waterways. Meanwhile, please take a moment to read this release from NacStop.org, a group that’s been fighting for East Texas pipeline safety for three years.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

*  This is a quick note to ask you to mark your calendars and get to Giddings this Monday for a critical hearing about the attempted groundwater grab by Forestar Real Estate Group. The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District granted a last minute rehearing to Forestar.  Meanwhile, as you may know, Forestar and Hays County Commissioner’s Court have formed an unholy alliance that is urging for a favorable opinion from Attorney General Greg Abbott to aid their water raid on the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer mostly underlying Lee County. Come to this important hearing — wherever you live! No matter what happens, this is shaping up as ground zero for local water control and a issue in the Governor’s race.

Monday, December 16th, 6 pm Lost Pines Water Hearing!
American Legion, 1502 Hwy. 77, Giddings, TX map here.

*  January 11-12, the League of Independent Voters of Texas will hold a two day affair about local control.  There’s this national group, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, that has worked with 150 communities so far to begin to overturn the 100 years of case law supporting “corporate personhood.” Corporate personhood, in CELDF’s view, forms the foundation of the “crony capitalism” that has begun to bring folks together across the partisan divide to protect our land and water.  Can the CELDF model for local control help us continue to build a broad independent populist alliance in Texas? More details next week!

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East Texas Hearings Continue, Post-Prop 6 Fears & Loathing of Water Speculation

Reminder!  The new independent voter association, the League of Independent Voters of Texas continues to hold hearings throughout East Texas on eminent domain abuses, public safety and protection of water resources related to three pipelines carrying hazardous substances (tar sands and its diluents, aka diluted bitumen) and a rail classification yard.

There are three hearings starting this Tuesday in Bryan, Wednesday in Tyler and Thursday in Beaumont.  Click here to read about it and for times and locations and please consider becoming a member for just $20 for the year:  https://independentleaguetx.org/  (Note: make sure you watch the CBS report on the faulty construction of the Keystone XL pipeline).

Bastrop and Lee countians! There is a meeting tomorrow night, Monday, December 2, 6:30 pm in Paige (Paige Community Center, 107 S. Main — at 20-)  focused on protection of water resources now that Prop 6 has passed and there are additional challenges posed by 12 new fracking wells starting in Lee and Bastrop counties.

Check out this piece in today’s Dallas Morning News about rural counties’ fears (and how ’bout a little loathing) about water with a quote from Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape: http://www.indytexans.com/wp-content/uploads/Rural-Texas-counties-fear-cities’-thirst-after-water-fund-vote-Dallas-Morning-News.pdf

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Release: Citizens Hold Own Hearings, Snubbed by Dewhurst & Straus

Citizens in 6 Texas cities (Cleveland, Big Sandy, Fairfield, Bryan-College Station, Tyler and Beaumont) are holding their own informal public hearings, inviting local officials to join them, to highlight the problems with eminent domain abuse, pipeline safety and protection of waterways posed by plans to transport hazardous crude (aka diluted bitumen or tar sands) across hundreds of Texas waterways, including reservoirs that provide drinking water to citizens in Tarrant and Harris counties.

         Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus were warned about the problems by a cross-partisan coalition (in this letter from Debra Medina, Julia Trigg Crawford and Jim Hightower) last June.

Julia Trigg Crawford, Lamar County farmer and one of the landowners organizing the Big Sandy hearing, said, “The Lt. Governor and House Speaker, who have the power to call for interim studies and public hearings, have been made aware of the many issues, not just by us but by fellow State Legislators, and they have chosen to blow us off. Therefore, we are holding our own hearings to inform the public and to begin pressuring our officials to prepare our communities for worst-case scenarios and to press on for the landowner protections so needed and so deserved.”

The citizen hearings come on the heels of a breaking national CBS News report just last Tuesday exposing the faulty construction problems identified months ago by East Texas landowners with the Keystone XL pipeline:

Watch this CBS News report:  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57612046/new-warnings-of-potential-problems-with-keystone-pipeline/

         An in-depth Special Report of the problem was released by Public Citizen — click here

The southern leg of the Keystone XL (owned by TransCanada) is slated to start any day now pushing diluted bitumen (aka tar sands) over hundreds of waterways and across the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer that serves 10-12 million people. There are two other tar sands pipelines threatening waterways in East Texas. The Seaway, which traverses just east of the Dallas area, is a 37-year old line that is being repurposed and twinned to carry diluted bitumen. The Pegasus, a more than 60-year old line, was shut down in March due to a breach resulting in the evacuation of 22 homes in Mayflower, Arkansas. Several homes have had to be demolished. As well, a Union Pacific rail yard is being planned for the Brazos River bottom that, if carrying tar sands, poses additional risks to water and property rights of an important farming area.

Citizen Hearings – Eminent Domain, Public Safety and Protection of Waterways

  • Tues., Nov. 19th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Cleveland, TX, Beulah Land Baptist Church (Rev. Aubrey Vaughan is host), 464 County Road 2184, Cleveland, TX. Speakers:  Debra Medina (We Texans), Jim Williams (Public Citizen), Mike Hathorn, landowner Cherokee County, Linda Curtis as facilitator (League of Independent Voters).  Relevant pipelines: Keystone XL & Pegasus.
  • Wed., Nov. 20, 6:30-8:30 pm, Big Sandy, TX, Big Sandy Community Center, 207 Gilmer Street, Big Sandy. Speakers:  Julia Trigg Crawford (Lamar County farmer), Jessica Ellison (local family farm), Emily Harris (Mayflower, AR first responder by video or in person), Linda Curtis (facilitator).
  • Thurs., Nov. 21, 7:00-9:00 pm, Fairfield, TX, VFW Hall, 198 VFW Road, Fairfield, TX.  Speakers:  Medina, Smitty and Harris (in person or video), Linda Curtis, facilitator. Relevant pipelines: Pegasus and Seaway.
  • Tues., Dec. 3, 6:30-8:30 pm, Bryan-College Station TX, Best Western Premier Old Town Center, 1920 Austins Colony Pkwy, Bryan, TX, Speakers:  Smitty (Public Citizen), Harris (video or in person), Kathleen Hubbard (Brazos River Bottom Alliance), Linda Curtis, facilitator. Relevant pipeline & issues:  Seaway & railway station in Brazos Valley. Additional speakers likely.
  • Wed., Dec. 4, 6:30-8:30 pm, Tyler, TX Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler, TX.  Speakers:  Calvin Tilman, Smitty (Public Citizen), Curtis, facilitator.  Additional speakers likely. Relevant pipelines:  Keystone XL, Pegasus.
  • Thurs., Dec. 5, 6:30-8:30 pm, Beaumont, TX, Knights of Columbus Hall, 9505 College, Beaumont, TX.  Speakers:  Smitty (Public Citizen), Isom Ramsey (local resident), Linda Curtis, facilitator. Relevant pipelines: Pegasus, Seaway, CrossTex (eminent domain abuse). Additional speakers likely.

Sponsored by the League of Independent Voters of Texas
PO Box 651 * Bastrop, TX 78602 * 512-213-4511
www.TexasPipelineWatch.org

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East Texas Citizen Hearings: Eminent Domain, Public Safety and Protection of Waterways

If you live in East Texas, pay close attention and if you know folks who live there, send them this message posted here.

Citizens in 6 cities (Cleveland, Big Sandy, Fairfield, Bryan-College Station, Tyler and Beaumont) are holding their own hearings in East Texas — starting on Tuesday!  See below.

A national CBS News report last Tuesday exposed the faulty construction problems identified months ago by East Texas landowners with the Keystone XL pipeline. Keystone XL (owned by TransCanada) is slated to start any day now pushing toxic diluted bitumen (aka tar sands) over hundreds of waterways and across the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer that serves 10-12 million people:

Click here to watch this CBS News report. 

An in-depth Special Report of Keystone XL’s problem was released by Public Citizen click here.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus were warned about the problems by a cross-partisan coalition (in this letter from Debra Medina, Julia Trigg Crawford and Jim Hightower) last June. They were asked to do an interim study and public hearings. The Lt. Governor’s office said he was “too busy” and Speaker Straus has been mute.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Independent Texans will hold a meeting on Monday, December 2nd, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Paige Community Center at 107 S. Main (at 290) in Paige, Texas.. We have some important updates to share on the water front and this meeting is just one week from the filing deadline for candidates to run in 2014. Please come!

We can change election outcomes next November if we organize now, folks! 

The hearings below are being sponsored by a new non-profit independent organization called the League of Independent Voter of Texas. We’ll tell you more about it real soon!

  • Tues., Nov. 19th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Cleveland, TX, Beulah Land Baptist Church (Rev. Aubrey Vaughan is host), 464 County Road 2184. Speakers:  Debra Medina (We Texans), Jim Williams (Public Citizen), Linda Curtis as facilitator (League of Independent Voters).  Relevant pipelines: Keystone XL & Pegasus.
  • Wed., Nov. 20, 6:30-8:30 pm, Big Sandy, TX, Big Sandy Community Center, 207 Gilmer Street, Big Sandy. Speakers:  Julia Trigg Crawford (Lamar County farmer), Jessica Ellison (local family farm), Emily Harris (Mayflower, AR first responder by video or in person), Linda Curtis (facilitator).
  • Thurs., Nov. 21, 7:00-9:00 pm, Fairfield, TX, VFW Hall, 198 VFW Road, Fairfield, TX.  Speakers:  Medina, Smitty and Harris (in person or video), Linda Curtis, facilitator. Relevant pipelines: Pegasus and Seaway.
  • Tues., Dec. 3, 6:30-8:30 pm, Bryan-College Station TX, Best Western Premier Old Town Center, 1920 Austins Colony Pkwy, Bryan, TX, Speakers:  Smitty (Public Citizen), Harris (video or in person), Kathleen Hubbard (Brazos River Bottom Alliance), Linda Curtis, facilitator. Relevant pipeline & issues:  Seaway & railway station in Brazos Valley. Additional speakers likely.
  • Wed., Dec. 4, 6:30-8:30 pm, Tyler, TX Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler, TX.  Speakers:  Calvin Tilman, Smitty (Public Citizen), Curtis, facilitator.  Additional speakers likely. Relevant pipelines:  Keystone XL, Pegasus.
  • Thurs., Dec. 5, 6:30-8:30 pm, Beaumont, TX, Knights of Columbus Hall, 9505 College, Beaumont, TX.  Speakers:  Smitty (Public Citizen), Isom Ramsey (local resident), Mike Hathorn, Cherokee County landowner, Linda Curtis, facilitator. Relevant pipelines: Pegasus, Seaway, CrossTex (eminent domain abuse). Additional speakers likely.

These hearings are sponsored by a new non-profit organization — the League of Independent Voters of Texas
PO Box 651 * Bastrop, TX 78602 * 512-213-4511
www.TexasPipelineWatch.org

 

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Lotta lootin’ going on! Get ready to act! Bastrop job openings!

* Funny things have been happening ever since the Hays County Commissioners Court jumped in bed with Forestar Real Estate Group. The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District is meeting with Forestar on Friday, so says the news. Get ready to attend the next Lost Pines GCD meeting next Wednesday, 7 pm, currently scheduled for Giddings City Hall.  (Note: we will be asking for a larger venue.)  We’ll send you more poop before then.  And, please read Environmental Stewardship’s urgent update here:  http://www.environstewardship.org/2013/10/09/landowners-appeal-party-stutus/

* Even funnier things are happening on Prop 6 now that we’re fixin’ to vote on it:  http://www.indytexans.com/2013/10/10/funny-things-happen-before-elections-especially-on-prop-6/

*  Next Monday, October 14th, please join one of our No on Prop 6 press conferences in San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and Austin. Keep checking here for details:  http://www.indytexans.com/2013/10/10/advisory-press-conferences-to-nix-prop-6/

 Austin!  Thurs., Oct. 17th, 6:30 pm, the League of Women Voters – Austin Area will hold a debate on Prop 6.  No, Water Texas PAC and H204Texas won’t debate. But this one should be a hot one with Bill Bunch (Save Our Springs Alliance) taking the No on 6 position.  It’s at the Triumphant Love Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin.

*  Monday, October 21st, 6 pm, at Roans Prairie Community Center (at the crossroads of Hwy. 30 and Hwy. 90), there is a public hearing by a new local organization in Grimes County and surrounds started by Martha and Bob Strawn and Joan Escamilla — called Pro-TEAMS (Facebook here) on citizen’s concerns about eminent domain abuse, public safety and protection of water resources related to pipelines. Visit TexasPipelineWatch.org and consider holding your own hearings!

*  The new League of Independent Voters of Texas has parttime jobs for phone callers! If you’re good on the phone and can work in Bastrop, please call 512-213-4511 right away.  Only 4 positions are open!

*   Have you seen the firestorm of comments on news blogs about the possibility of Debra Medina running as an independent candidate for Governor?  We say…run, Debra, run, however you wish…and don’t let the partisanship get you down!  P.S. They always call independents “spoilers”!  More here:  http://www.texastribune.org/2013/10/04/spoiler-alert-medina-switch-could-upend-electoral-/

*  Independent Texans now has regular Saturday, 9 am conference calls.  This next Saturday’s focuses on Prop 6, the water amendment and how to defeat it.  Early voting starts on Monday, Oct. 21.  Reply if you want the conference number or, if you’ve joined us in the past, you already have it.

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