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Texans rally at Capitol for eminent domain reform

September 19, 2010
News 8 Austin
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Some state leaders gathered on the south steps of the Capitol Thursday in an effort to rally for eminent domain reform.

Texas Realtors, cattle raisers and the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Todd Staples, have launched an online petition for changes in eminent domain policy.

“Property owners can be taken advantage of in the eminent domain process,” Staples said. “For the last two legislative sessions the legislature has attempted to correct this travesty but have been unable to do it for various reasons.”

Commissioner Staples said he wants this item to be put at the front of the agenda during the next legislative session.

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  1. September 20, 2010 8:06 am

    The Texas Farm Bureau should link arms with the Pennsylvania and the New York Farm Bureaus because the drive for shale gas in those two states are bringing with it the traditional gas industry approach to property rights: What’s Yours Is Now Mine!

    Shale gas extraction is bringing with it more “takings” under the threat of eminent domain for pipelines and underground gas storage reservoirs. Forced pooling, a step child of eminent domain, is now being talked about in Pennsylvania by the gas industry and some legislators.

    We have skin in the game with the gas industry. Our two-year battle against Houston-based Spectra Energy which seized our property rights for an underground gas storage field led to the development of a website dedicated to collaborating with property owners. If you want to understand the adverse effects of this type of eminent domain, refer to this post: Spectra Energy

    Or here:

    The threat of eminent domain and its step child, “forced pooling” are “benefits” of the shale gas “boom” that the industry doesn’t want to talk about.

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