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Julia Trigg Crawford Trial Update

Just a quick update to share with you about our trip to Paris, Texas for Julia Trigg Crawford’s hearing on TransCanada and eminent domain.

The judge will rule in the next 1-2 weeks.
The link below will take you to an article an article in the Longview News.
We will keep you informed as the trial progresses AND there are town hall meetings throughout the state on this important issue.
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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


Hearing in Austin, Monday, July 23 — No Eminent Domain for Private Gain!

We now have a page up for the hearing next Monday, July 23rd, in Austin.  Please COME to Austin for this hearing!

We will be available starting at 9 a.m. in the Capitol Grill (Room E1.002),  The hearing starts at 10 a.m. in Room E2.012.  Go here for details on parking, etc.
Now, whether or not you can make it next Monday, please call your state representative today about the following.  It appears that the speakers for this hearing on Monday are “by invitation only”.  This is not really the public hearings we have been asking for.  What we really want is for landowners — those most affected by the eminent domain abuses by pipelines (the most immediate being the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline in East Texas) — to have public hearings in their communities.  Please call your state representative today and ask him or her to push for full public hearings in the areas affected right now by the land seizures related to the TransCanada pipeline in east Texas.  You can let him or her know that there is a hearing on Monday at 10 a.m. of Rep. Rene Oliveira’s Land and Resource Management Committee about eminent domain abuses related to this issue.  He or she might also want to send a staffer to this hearing.
You can contribute to Julia Trigg Crawford’s legal case against TransCanada at her website here and for those of you who can make it to Paris, Texas for her hearing on August 10th, please do — mark your calendars and we’ll send you more details soon.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it to Austin next Monday!  

Terri HallTexas TURF
Linda CurtisIndependent Texans
P.S.  Here’s the recent article in the Houston Chronicle about our efforts to protect Texans’ property rights.

A Daughter of Texas Needs Our Help

A daughter of Texas needs out help

A daughter of Texas is standing up to a foreign corporation that has come to take her land by force.

Julia Trigg Crawford manages the farm her grandfather bought in 1948 near Direct, TX south of the Red River. Last year a Canadian pipeline company called TransCanada told Julia Trigg and her family that a portion of their land would be taken by eminent domain so that the Keystone XL pipeline could be built across it.

Join us at a hearing in Austin on Monday July 23rd at 10 a.m. in Room E2.012 to demand that Texas legislators protect private property. (For more details email

You have the power to stand with Julia Trigg and to tell elected officials that private foreign corporations should NOT be able to take private property from its rightful owner.

Julia Trigg will face off with TransCanada in court next month. But right now the Land & Resource Management Committee of the Texas House of Representatives is getting ready to meet and discuss what steps our legislature should take to protect landowners.

While this is a positive step, the pipeline industry will be working to convince members of the committee and other legislators they should be given broad powers to take land from private citizens.

Legislators need to hear from you – let them know that pipeline companies have been abusing eminent domain for far too long and Texans aren’t going to stand for it any longer.

Did you know that until last year pipeline companies in Texas could take private property without ANY oversight whatsoever? If a pipeline company claimed it had the right to use eminent domain there was nothing a landowner could do except wait for the land to be taken and then file a lawsuit. Very few property owners have the resources to fight a legal battle with major pipeline companies, so the pipelines almost always won out-of-court settlements that allowed them to take the land.

But in 2011 the Texas Supreme Court struck down this abusive practice in the landmark Texas Rice Land Partners v. Denbury Green Pipelines decision. The court seemed appalled that this was going on, saying “Private property cannot be imperiled with such nonchalance, via an irrefutable presumption created by checking a certain box on a one-page government form. Our Constitution demands far more.”

Join us in Austin, make your voices heard, and let’s give power back to property owners! (Again, for more details email

As always, thank you for your support!


Julia Trigg Crawford v. TransCanada/Keystone Pipeline

TransCanada/Keystone XL in Texas — impacting all of East Texas:  Julia Trigg Crawford’s case on eminent domain abuse may be the only thing standing in the way of a project that has yet to be fully vetted in Texas.  Will it pose a serious risk to the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer? Our Governor will, of course, never ask this question.  The Crawfords need dollars to pay for their legal costs as this is likely to go all the way to the Texas Supreme Court.  Meanwhile, Debra Medina is working with legislators to call for hearings.  Trial date is April 20th!  Go here for more and to give some of your hard earned dough.


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