• It's pretty clear that digalitldper is probably a professional PR person hired by KM to counter comments here. PR is, after all, very important to these big corporations who pay big bucks to professional lobbyists to make sure legislators and the Congress clears the way in American life for whatever power they need to impose their will on the rest of us. But ordinary citizens are beginning to tire of this "selloff" of their rights and their voices as citizens. KM and others know that the day is coming, maybe is even here, when citizens realize that what they are hearing from their PR professionals is snake-oil sales pitch, and will then use their common sense, their love of the land, and respect for nature represented in these centuries old live oaks to elect legislators who refuse to take their big contributions and turn a deaf ear to their PR hirelings /lobbyists and listen to the citizen/voters. After all, the Supreme Court may have decided that KM and other corporations are "persons" with all the same rights you and I have, but they only have one vote. We, the people, have the votes to elect legislators who will pass laws to legally bind KM and their kind of corporations to respect the landowner's concerns. Companies who have shown respect and listened, and dealt justly with landowners don't need to hire PR people to do their justifying for them.

    By the way, in he 1990's at least, TxDOT had a policy of reimbursing owners for all trees, even up to $10,000 at least per tree, depending on size of the tree. KM simply has its own standards, and their contempt for landowners who prefer to negotiate for their interests is crystal clear.(The Southerns are not greedy people, and neither are their lawyers, FYI.) Laws are passed for companies like this, not for those who voluntarily show respect both for such great trees, their value to the environment and the landowner.

    January 6, 2012 at 4:05 p.m.
  • Kinder-Morgan is well known in the area for their in you face dealing. I think the first line in there letter is "if you don't like this offer, we'll just take it." I don't know anyone who has dealt with the big KM that likes them. They are the largest and by far the most abrasive. Their only care is the $$.

    January 4, 2012 at 9:22 a.m.
  • Mr. Crain's comments in this article are deeply troubling. It seems that he is more concerned with making it public that his son did all he could to help Mr. Southern. Yes, ED is what it is -- but it still should reflect the value of the property which is increased by the presence of a stand of mature trees. I would be more comfortable if Mr. Crain said that they had countered with a different appraisal bolstered by an independent assessment -- like MVrealty and TXwader suggested -- and had negotiated aggressively. The article really makes it seem like Cuero lawyers are not very aggressive in fighting for landowners against giant corporations like KM.

    January 4, 2012 at 7:53 a.m.
  • Well one thing is obvious as cody said; we really don't own anything.

    Obviously digalitldper doesn't own land or he/she would have a different attitude. How much do you think a 100 year old oak tree is worth? Back in 2010 it would have been worth around $15,000.00.

    I feel for the landowner or in this case Kinder Morgan's land manager Mr. Southern.

    January 4, 2012 at 7:28 a.m.
  • why can't they just put a few bends and turns in the plans and go around those trees?

    January 4, 2012 at 7:10 a.m.
  • Removing a few trees from a spread of 125 acres is not significant. If that were the only trees on the place, Kinder Morgan could have avoided them.

    January 4, 2012 at 6:57 a.m.
  • Move what trees can be moved to another area and that will solve part of the problem.

    January 4, 2012 at 6:32 a.m.
  • That just goes to show you the American citizens don't own anything. This is crap, this raping of the earth. For what oil.

    January 3, 2012 at 11:48 p.m.