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No Eminent Domain for Private Gain Town Hall(s)!

Whether you can get to this important event on November 7th, in Cuero, Texas, please pass this on through your networks and call your State Representative and State Senator.  Ask them to hold a similar town hall where you live to help reform eminent domain in Texas.  They can’t have it both ways.  They can’t say they support property rights but give pipeline operators a blank check, as is the common practice by the Texas Railroad Commission and most of our state officials.

Click here for the details on the Cuero, Texas Town Hall on Wednesday, November 7, 920 East Broadway Street: Cuero Town Hall

You might want to read this excellent article in today’s American Free Press.

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Updates on Eminent Domain, Local Foods & Local Organizing!

Here are some important updates and events:

Eminent Domain   

There’s a lot of news we’re sure you’ve been reading in the regular press about the TransCanada, including this breaking news on protests in NE Texas to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.  Our question is why isn’t somebody doing something to protect the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer that serves 12 million people?

Check out what these brave farmers and landowners, who call themselves the Brazos River Bottom Alliance, are doing to protect their land from seizures by Union Pacific.

Read this new piece on about how NE Texans are organizing “391 Commissions” to protect their land, water and property rights.

Farm and Ranch and Local Foods:

We have been remiss in not mentioning this important event for farmers, ranchers and the many of us who like having our food grown locally.

Click here for the details on this year’s FARFA conference in Bastrop, next Monday and Tuesday.

GMA 12 Keeping Our Water Local: (for central Texas)

A hearing on the ALCOA application for a huge (25,000 acre-feet) amount of groundwater from the acquifer serving GMA (Groundwater Management Area) 12.  Click here for the details from our friends at Environmental Stewardship.

Aqua Water is also holding it’s yearly water forum, this time with Keep Bastrop Beautiful on September 18th.  This is a great opportunity to ask Texas Ag Commission, Todd Staples, how we can keep groundwater local.


Brazos River Bottom Alliance Organizing Fight with Union Pacific & Eminent Domain Seizures

Railroad must not take beautiful agriculture land for a rail yard

Last month, Union Pacific announced plans to build a 72-track, 1,000-acre rail classification yard in Robertson County between Mumford and Muse Road. This project has been touted by local government officials as a boost for the local economy, but the proposed site is the wrong one.

This project would forever convert fertile, irrigated prime cropland into a noisy, dirty, contaminated industrial wasteland. In addition, this project would destroy a thriving farming community made up of landowners, tenants, residents and many ag related small businesses.

More than likely, this project would render surrounding cropland (possibly thousands of acres) useless for agricultural products such as cotton, milo, corn, soybeans, wheat, peanuts, alfalfa and coastal bermuda — all of which can now be grown on this land. In addition, this project would forever change the quiet, peaceful quality of life for the individuals and families who live there because rail yards are far from quiet and peaceful — just ask any Union Pacific employee who works or has worked at one.

It is shameful that Union Pacific has no qualms about taking away land that has been in families for more than three generations in addition to taking away the livelihoods of the tenants who rent and farm the land and the many small business owners who support the farmers. It is also shameful that for more than 60 years the farmers and residents of the community have endured hours of blocked public crossings which cut off access to their homes and farms.

Young schoolchildren often crawl under rail cars to catch their bus because Union Pacific trains block public crossings.

This land is the wrong site because God no longer makes land such as this, and Union Pacific needs to be stopped.



The Eyes of Texas Are Upon Paris…Texas, that is

Please spread the word about this pivotal — landmark — case, involving property rights and the people versus the oil lobby (specifically TransCanada and the Keystone XL pipeline) going to trial this Friday, August 10th, in Paris, Texas.

Linda Curtis will be going to represent Independent Texans at a press conference at 9 a.m., to be followed by the trial of Julia Trigg Crawford.  I invite you to join me there.  This is the first test case of the unanimous Texas Supreme Court “Denbury” decision.  The decision states that pipeline operators cannot be given the power of eminent domain by simply checking a box on a form.  That should be a no-brainer, but apparently not to most Texas politicians who have — so far — refused to stand up for property rights, for real.

Read here for more background and please come to Paris and bring some Texans with you who see that the politicians (and their benefactors) can’t have it both ways.  They can’t waive the flag of conservatism and property rights, while they sell out Texans and their land to the — lowest — bidders, the world over.

You can spread the word about this on our Facebook page here.

Hope to see you Paris…Texas, that is!

If you’re coming, you might reach Linda Curtis directly at 512-535-0989 or email her at ljcurtis@indytexans.org.


Important Updates!

* We hope to see you in Paris, Texas on Friday, August 10th at 9 a.m., for Julia Trigg Crawford’s VERY important trial with TransCanada.  If you want to ride with folks, please use the comments section below to hook up with others who may be coming in from across Texas.

* If you live in or near Bastrop, I hope to see you a fun and entertaining charity event for a local alternative school — the Bastrop Academy — on Sunday, August 5th. (Feel free to purchase a ticket or two — only $10 — to help out, and it’s tax deductible.)

* Last, there’s a very important water hearing in Milano that Environmental Stewardship is asking us to attend related to a 25,000 acre feet per year permit for which Alcoa has applied.  Read all about it here.

 Coverage of Property Rights Hearing in Austin, Monday, July 23

YNN News Video Coverage


Pipelines unhappy with Texas eminent domain ruling


Legislators hone question of eminent domain


Eminent domain topic of subcommittee hearing


Landowners want clarification of state law, protections


AP My San Antonio

Pipelines unhappy with Texas eminent domain ruling


AP Houston Chronicle

Pipelines unhappy with Texas eminent domain ruling



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