A coalition of groups including Independent Texans, We Texans (founded by Debra Medina), Texas TURF (founded by Terri Hall), and Texans for Accountable Government, are standing up for Texas property rights and to put a stop to the continued abuses by foreign corporations and the refusal of our legislature to truly reform eminent domain laws.
You may have seen the news coverage yesterday about the bullying tactics used by TransCanada to grab private property in NE Texas for the Keystone XL pipeline. This is happening despite the fact that not only do they not have a federal permit, they have no state permit. What they have is complicity with violating the property rights of Texans, from the Governor to the Railroad Commission. (See press here, here and here.)
Last Tuesday, Julia Trigg Crawford and family of Paris, Texas, won a temporary restraining order to stop TransCanada from moving forward with trenching on her property for the Keystone pipeline. She reported that her property had been condemned and seized by TransCanada and she had never even seen a judge. So, it appeared she would get her day in court. However, yesterday TransCanada filed a motion to dissolve the TRO. There is a hearing on Friday in Paris, Texas on this issue.
Yes, Texas, we have an eminent domain problem. Until the legislature REALLY fixes it, it’s time to stand up and be counted. Therefore, we are supporting a protest outside the courthouse in Paris, Texas and in Austin, outside the Railroad Commission.
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PROTEST RALLY DETAILS:
Friday, Feb. 17, Paris, Texas, 9 am, In front of Lamar County Courthouse, 119 North Main- Paris, Texas. Dallas Car Pool: Meet in the parking lot at Walmart on Midway/LBJ at 6:45 am. Park your car near the Lazy Boy store, not near the Walmart. Look for Rita’s silver Toyota 4-Runner. Estimated time to be back in Dallas around 1:30 pm.
Friday, Feb. 17, Austin, 10 am, outside the Railroad Commission, 1701 Congress. Bring quarters for parking meters.
Wear your Texas regalia, bring the Texas, US and “Don’t tread on me” flags. It is time for us to stop this nonsense.