No Eminent Domain for Private Gain

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This just in from Debra Medina and We Texans:  “We had boots on the ground at the Texas Capitol yesterday as a number of folks called on members of the calendars committee to request that they tag HB 2748 by Lewis and move HB 3547 by Oliveira to the floor.  It is imperative that more folks carry that message to members of the calendars committee – call, email, fax or drop by offices.

HB 2748 devastates individual rights and sets the bar for even being able to get your eminent domain case to a court for a hearing on the facts very very high.  Considering the high cost of litigation, the ability to get to court is tough enough already for most landowners.  Lewis’ bill makes the Railroad Commission’s decision as to whether a pipeline is a common carrier a conclusive determination.  Many rightly fear that the “process” by the Railroad Commission will be no process at all but merely a rubber stamp “approved” on any pipeline’s application.

Chairman Oliveira’s bill establishes a more formal objective process to be administered by the State Office of Administrative Hearings and requiring at least one public hearing in effected counties in an effort to insure that all relevant facts are heard and considered before a designation of common carrier (and the ability to condemn property using eminent domain) is granted.

With 34 days remaining in the session, public pressure must remain high if private property rights are going to be protected from the ongoing abuse by self designated common carrier pipelines in Texas.”


9 thoughts on “No Eminent Domain for Private Gain

  1. Thanks for keeping us informed. I don’t live in east Texas but I stand with landowners there. It is imperative that ALL Texans stand together with those landowners…..for whom the bell tolls….someday it will be us fighting this battle alone if we don’t unite.

  2. We citizens could get much more good work done for our State and Nation if we didn’t have to spend so much time fighting off the bad legislation and bad executive and court decisions made on behalf of special interests that are inimical to the public good.

    That need to drop everything constructive we are doing to defeat yet more more piece of bad law-making includes stopping HB 2748 dead in its tracks.

    I am beginning to suspect that all this talk from politicians and the media about the United States losing out to China, India, Brazil, and other places is done on purpose so that we citizens will lose heart and let special interests just roll over us.

  3. I agree whole heartedly with Rhonda’s and Mary’s comments. We must not allow
    big business to mall our environment just to add a few cents each year to the dividends
    for their stock holders and outrageous bonuses for the “suits.” What will our
    descendants a few generations down the line say about we who allowed this to happen.
    No doubt they will shake their heads in despair and shame for their forbears. Those
    “public servants” who give in just to continue in office should be ashamed that they
    haven’t the backbone to vote on the side of the people and the world’s environment,
    then go get a job in the private sector should it cost them their position in government.

  4. Check out todays San Antonio Express-News on the front page of the Business Section. They are absolutely determined to bring more polution to the United States so they can line the pockets of big oil.

  5. Our ONLY WEAPON against BIG MONEY is the vote we each have a right to — WHY CAN’T WE GET OUR OWN TO JUST VOTE??? We OUTNUMBER THEM !!!!

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