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2 sides to the story here Advocate. Kinder Morgan deserves some credit where credit is due. These people have worked endless hours on this project Hats off to a company willing to dole out money and create jobs in these economic times. Besides that, once the pipeline is complete it will alleviate a whole lot of truck traffic on the highways.I feel a lot safer with oil flowing thru the ground than accross our highways.Great Job!!! Kinder Morgan, Big Hammer
If a pipeline company wants to come across my land come on ! The way I look at it the more oil and gas coming thru Texas and the Unites States means less we have to get from foreign countries--I would not hold out for a bunch of money- I know this is giving people jobs and helping economy!The pipeline is buried and it does get watched for leaks -and considering my husband is a pipeliner and inspector for pipelines i know alot about it--so come on down to my property and put a pipeline here--you are welcomed !!!!
Your father should have called the sheriff and had them arrested for trespassing and destroying private property, because at that point, they were trespassing.
I probably misread something somewhere, I thought the Kinder line was going to Houston.
Mr. Sheppard needs to take his statement about the Supreme Court not caring about landowners one step further...politicians and the Supreme Court (state and federal) do not seem to keep landowners or the general population in their care at all.
My family is currently going through the same issue up in northeastern Texas. That is the Piney Woods. My father came home one day to find oil company personnel on our family land, with no prior correspondence of ANY kind from the company, marking and CUTTING DOWN pine trees for a pipeline! Their excuse? "We thought you had been told we would be doing this." So I guess now, you can just be told by an oil/gas company they are going to do something and there is nothing the landowner can do about it.
We, the people of this town, this county, this state, and this country had better take our head out of the sand. Democrat or Republican makes no difference. The "small" person means nothing. Money and power rule, and unless we take back control, we will have nothing left.
If there is a LNG plant in Corpus, then they must have built it yesterday. One was going to be build there a few years ago, but it was for incoming LNG for regasification. With the Eagle Ford, it is no longer needed as there is more than enough supply for the foreseeable future.
The public good is a real value in a community's or nation's life. Railroads were built across the nation opening up the coasts and Midwest to expansion of commercial interests, and of course with it, jobs and the growth of small towns and businesses across the land. Seems like in those days, the public good and individuals alike benefited from "eminent domain" and it made sense. Private property is also a sacred American value, and Americans have been known to take arms to preserve it--something that I surely do not recommend doing. The point is how sacred a right American patriotism considers "the land I own". Eminent domain and private property rights often come into conflict with eventual settlement being made by the courts.
However, the railroads have been long built, and some lines have faded into history, taking the towns with them. But in the current situation, huge and extremely profitable gas and oil corporations claiming eminent domain are transporting a product from which they alone will profit, unlike the goods carried by the railroads. These companies shout out that their efforts to bring gas to markets are a patriotic effort to build the nation's "energy security"--something from which we will all benefit. However, in the present situation, the gas pipelines being laid will be used to transport Eagle Ford produced natural gas to an LNG port in Corpus Christi, from where it will be shipped to China for sale by these companies. As a result, natural gas prices will stand a good chance to rise on the international market, which will thus secure rather greater profits for these oil and gas corporations. Higher gas prices will not benefit the American people. The temporary jobs that pipeline-laying brings fade and the token amounts, compared to foreseen corporate profits) paid to US citizens for pipeline right-of-way will dissolve. At the same time, rising energy prices will threaten this nation's economic recovery, raid US families' pockets, and increase the profit margins of these corporations. Hundreds if not thousands of Americans will have been forced to sacrifice their private property on the altar of corporate profits, rather than the public good, in spite of their appeal to eminent domain’s original purpose. Seems to me that laying these facts on the table makes their appeal to "eminent domain" logic stand on its head. Eminent domain has become a club they use to batter US citizens into compliance with their terms "or else", rather than truly a means to contribute to the public good as a whole. Let's pull the mask off this abuse of "public domain" and see what's really going on here, folks.
Very entertaining article.
Really great article.