News Release: Organizations Launch Texans for Property Rights Initiative

Austin, Texas – Fifteen Texas-based organizations today announced the Texans for Property Rights coalition, which will lead a grassroots initiative for meaningful reform to state eminent domain laws. 

 

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RIVARD REPORT: Bulldozing the Last Texas Frontier

The Trans-Pecos Pipeline under construction near Alpine Texas.

The Trans-Pecos Pipeline under construction near Alpine Texas.

UPDATED OCTOBER 20, 2016--When the protesters finally dispersed, I found Alpine archaeologist David Keller standing next to his hunter green Tacoma, a cowboy hat covering his long, ruffled hair, and a bandana on his arm offering a splash of baby blue amid beige and khaki. Quiet and self-possessed, Keller seemed slightly out of place in the noisy crowd, but against the backdrop of the overcast mountains, he fit right in.

In September, Keller witnessed something that constitutes a tragedy for any archaeologist: bulldozers tearing through what he calls a “prehistoric kitchen” dating back at least 7,000 years. The site, he said, had a continuous series of artifacts passing from the late archaic period to the present, including rare relics from Indians, Spanish explorers, and 1880s cowboys. Though the company involved claims to have adjusted construction to avoid disrupting the site, Keller said the demolished area was pending status as a State Archaeological Landmark, Texas’ highest archaeological standing. Now its chances of receiving protection are close to zero.

“We don’t even know what they destroyed,” Keller said, his words filled with a muted anger I heard in many voices that morning. “There are a couple artifacts that I just picked up out of the easement right before the bulldozers came through, and that was just a couple things I saved.”

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Eminent Domain Meeting Scheduled October 27 in Jourdanton

Austin, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) and Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) will host a meeting at the Cowboy Fellowship of Atascosa County in Jourdanton, Texas on Thursday October 27, at 6:00 p.m. There will be discussion of  eminent domain issues  along with ideas to safeguard Texans’ private property rights. TSCRA, TFB and TWA have long pursued eminent domain reform that addresses fairness to landowners. 

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