Thanks to the many hundreds of people who came out to 9 East Texas hearings in Roans Prairie, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Cleveland, Big Sandy, Fairfield, Bryan, Tyler and ending in Beaumont, Texas!
Here’s what we learned:
In the face of eminent domain abuse in the extreme by large corporations (including some foreign), Texas landowners, ordinary citizens and even local governments have no meaningful local control. (We can also expect, with the recent passage of Prop 6, even more use of more eminent domain, now for water pipelines and private gain.)
Due to 100 years of corporate personhood established in case law, there is little opportunity to stop three diluted bitumen carrying pipelines from risking private property, public safety and water resources throughout East Texas.