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VICTORIA ADVOCATE: Family claims electric coop poisoning their ranchland

Posted on 01/17/2019 under News

CHRISTINE – Amid the golden acres of rolling grassland, there are acres on the Peeler ranch where trees and grass won’t grow.

“This land should not be dead,” said Jason Peeler, 51, standing near a fence separating his family’s land from the coal-powered San Miguel Electric Coop power plant. From much of the family’s property, the massive plant with its towering scaffold-enclosed facade dominates the wide horizon.

But the lifeless patches of sticky mud there and elsewhere on the land, which has remained in the family for five generations, are a mere hint of the poison the Peelers say lies beneath.

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KUT 90.5: New Push For Eminent Domain Reform Expected At Texas Legislature

Posted on 01/14/2019 under News

If you want to cook up a battle over private property rights in Texas, here’s the recipe:

Take a handful of sprawling cities and growing populations that are expanding into once-rural areas, add a booming oil and gas industry with a desperate need for new pipelines to move record-high volumes of hydrocarbons, and sprinkle in the new electric lines needed to power both of those trends.

In recent years, as companies and governments build more roads, power lines and pipelines across Texas, rural landowners have become increasingly familiar with – and angry about – the powers of eminent domain. Their efforts to check those powers at the state capitol haven’t succeeded, but there’s a new push on the horizon for the 2019 Texas legislative session. Here’s what you need to know about eminent domain in Texas.

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SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS: Texas Hill Country landowners fight Kinder Morgan pipeline

Posted on 01/04/2019 under Uncategorized

FREDERICKSBURG — Hank Sauer reminisces about the 18 years he’s owned these 45 acres a few miles south of Fredericksburg — hunting deer with his now-17-year-old grandson, spending holidays there with the family, and dreaming of spending the rest of his days with his wife on the land.

Until last year, the retired health care administrator, 84, lived on the property with his wife. But she suffered health problems, and the couple moved into an assisted-living facility in San Antonio.

Sauer is worried that a natural gas pipeline proposed by Houston-based Kinder Morgan, one of the largest pipeline companies in the country, will reduce his land’s value. He’d been looking to sell the property, but said he recently pulled it off the market because interest dropped off after Kinder Morgan announced the project. He was seeking to sell the land for just under $1 million.

The planned $2 billion pipeline would run 430 miles from the booming Permian Basin oil and gas field in West Texas to a location near the Houston suburb of Katy. The Permian Highway pipeline would cut through the rolling landscape of the Hill Country and Hays County, the second-fastest-growing county in Texas.

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SAN ANGELO STANDARD-TIMES: Eminent domain big concern for landowners

Posted on 10/29/2016 by Jerry Lackey under News

Although laws have been passed to improve the use of eminent domain in the Lone Star State, many landowners still experience abuses by the entities that exercise this extreme power, according to Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Farm Bureau and Texas Wildlife Association.

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