THE PANOLA WATCHMAN: Texas farmers, landowners seek eminent domain reform
Posted on 02/17/2019 under News
A pair of bills that seek to reform the private entity use of the eminent domain process in Texas were filed in mid-January, and they have the support of Texas farmers, ranchers and rural landowners.
“Right now, the eminent domain process is very one-sided, Panola County Farm Bureau President Richard Reed said. “Landowners are often left in the dark on the details of the project that will cross their land.”
KUT NEWS: 3 Questions Answered About The Planned Natural Gas Pipeline In Central Texas
Posted on 02/12/2019 under News
Mose Buchele, KUT News
FEB 12, 2019
Kinder Morgan is hosting an open house in Hays County tonight about its Permian Highway Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline the company plans to run through Central Texas.
As often happens when a Texas pipeline is announced, many people in the project’s path were taken by surprise by the wide-sweeping powers the state grants pipeline companies. With no public engagement process required for routing and building a pipeline here, many residents feel left in the dark about how pipelines work, their potential risks and benefits, and what rights landowners have when it comes to dealing with the company.
That confusion was on display at a pipeline meeting in Wimberley, where residents offered a list of questions about the project that was too long to read aloud, much less answer, before the meeting ended.