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Dust off your boots and get to this event Thursday!

We are sending you this alert to ask you to attend a meeting about the Waste Transfer in Cedar Creek THIS Thursday, November at 6:30 pm at the Cedar Creek Middle School, 126 Voss Parkway.

We will also give you very important updates on the water wars, especially Vista Ridge/The San Antone Hose. We have had many calls about the pipeline that is coming through the county and how big it is. We also await Judge Campbell’s decision on landowner rights to a seat at the table in the End Op/Recharge water dispute.

Dust off your boots, Bastrop. Join us on Thursday!
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Cedar Creek Middle School at 125 Voss Parkway, Cedar Creek 78612. map here

Bring your neighbors!

We may have additional things to tell you before Thursday, so keep an eye out. We’re gathering information as we write to you.

Got questions? Feel free to reach Steve Chamberlain at (817) 360-0678 or reply to this message.

Have we asked you to contribute to the Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund yet? Help them defend our aquifers. Go here to SAWDF and give a tax-deductible contribution.

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All I want for Christmas is an independent in the House

House District 17 Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt (Republican, Lexington) won re-election on November 4th, only to announce 17 days later his intent to resign and become general counsel for the Texas Department of Agriculture. The election was just called with a filing period to close on December 22, three days before Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »

Sign and send the letter to Attorney General Abbott Now!

The League of Independent Voters of Texas is holding a statewide conference call next Saturday (January 25 at 10 am) to discuss efforts to bring the issues of eminent domain abuse, public safety and protection of waterways into the 2014 state election cycle debates.

If you want to join the call, please reply to this message — we’ll send you details.

REMEMBER PLEASE! — TEXAS residents, if you haven’t yet, SIGN THIS ONLINE LETTER TO ATTORNEY GENERAL GREG ABBOTT:

Letter to Attorney General Greg Abbott:

Texans only please sign & help us get it out across Texas, including through Facebook!

Public Citizen just sent out a similar online letter to their supporters AND this letter to the Attorney General.  The letter explains more precisely what the safety inspection (or lack thereof) issues are.

In addition, TransCanada is telling emergency response personnel in rural areas that it’s just “crude” coming through the line. This is deceptive and dangerous. Go to this site:  http://www.tarsandsprotectionleague.org/ to see why.

The online letters are flying into the AG’s office but we NEED MORE!  PLEASE HELP!

Hope to “see” you all next Saturday at 10 am via conference call.

This release was sent to statewide media. Please consider writing a letter to the editor about this of your local newspaper.

This Letter to Attorney General Greg Abbott from Public Citizen provides more details as to the safety issues.

Lots of background information and maps about how East Texas is affected are here: TexasPipelineWatch.org.

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Texas Supremes Order TransCanada Respond to Landowner, Julia Trigg Crawford!

Even the bovines and equines get it —
No Eminent Domain for Private Gain!

 

Friends:

This media release just went out to over 1,000 media outlets throughout Texas about Julia Trigg Crawford’s important appeal to the Texas Supreme Court.  Please share this as you wish by sharing this from our web blog or just copy it and paste it into an email.

We will be back in touch real soon with our plans for the new year!

For Immediate Release: Jan. 8, 2014
Contact: Julia Trigg Crawford, 713-443-8789

Texas’s Highest Court Favors Texas Landowner
Over Foreign Pipeline Giant TransCanada

AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of landowner Julia Trigg Crawford, ordering TransCanada to submit information by Feb. 6 as the justices weigh arguments to hear the case regarding eminent domain abuse.

Texas’s highest court delivered a clear victory for pipeline opponents and landowners fighting TransCanada’s overreach on property rights. At the heart of Crawford’s case is the ability of TransCanada, a foreign corporation, to use eminent domain under the state’s “common carrier” clause since their pipeline transports 90% Canadian tarsands and 10% North Dakota oil. There is no on ramp for Texas oil therefore violating the definition of a common carrier under Texas law.

Crawford said she looks forward to her family’s day in court, “As a landowner, property rights are key to my livelihood and family legacy. A foreign corporation pumping foreign oil simply does not qualify as a common carrier under Texas law. TransCanada does not get to write their own rules. I look forward to the Supreme Court hearing our case and our plea to protect the fundamental rights of property owners.”

The ruling on Wednesday from the Texas Supreme Court means that Crawford will be able to take the next step in the appeals process against TransCanada. The southern segment, also known as Gulf Coast Segment, stretches from Cushing, Oklahoma to Beaumont, Texas and carries tarsands or dilbit which is a combination of tarsands and chemicals that react very differently than conventional Texas oil when spills occur.

“We’re thrilled, because the a court has finally ruled in favor of us – the little guys – and against a foreign oil giant,” Julia Trigg Crawford continued. “Basically, TransCanada said that it wanted a waiver from responding to our petition, and the Supreme Court said, ‘No, you must respond’.”

Crawford says her case has broad implications, because if she wins, TransCanada and other foreign oil companies will no longer be able to use eminent domain to seize land for their private profit without direct proof their pipeline is carrying Texan oil.

More Info:

TX Supreme Court Ruling: http://www.scribd.com/doc/197429631/Texas-Supreme-Court-Ruling-in-Favor-of-Landowner

Pictures of Julia Trigg Crawford: http://www.standtallwithjulia.com


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2013 Recognitions — Thank Y’all!

[caption id="attachment_3059" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Little Lucas"][/caption]     Little Lucas reminds us that it's really about the little things that people do -- the phone calls, emails, donated hours of time and money, and feedback you guys give to us all year for which we are most thankful. And it's about the little things in life that we're fighting for so that the little Lucas' of this world can thrive. Now, read on for our VERY special thanks and recognitions! Read the rest of this entry »

Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board

Sign it, if you live in Austin

Austin is Not Developers' Monopoly Board

Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:

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Why don't you share this with your friends, please:

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose

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