Meeting to address eminent domain, Eagle Ford Shale

By by Dianna Wray - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
Nov. 3, 2012 at 6:03 a.m.

The Eagle Ford Shale oil boom has brought money to the Crossroads, but it has also brought questions about land rights and eminent domain.

Those wanting to learn how to navigate eminent domain laws will have the chance at a town hall meeting, "Private Property and Eminent Domain in the Eagle Ford Shale."

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Cuero High School cafeteria.

The event is being organized by We Texans, a nonprofit organization.

Debra Medina, executive director of the group, said it decided to have the meeting to give people a chance to talk about any difficulties they've encountered or questions that have been raised while dealing with companies using eminent domain laws to purchase portions of their land.

"Lending an ear means so much, if you'll just listen to what's going on," Medina said.

Rep. Geanie Morrison and Sen. Glenn Hegar are scheduled to attend the meeting and hear about the problems people have encountered.

As the Eagle Ford play has boomed, companies have had to work to put in the pipeline infrastructure required to move the oil out of the area.

With pipelines slated to cut across their land, landowners have faced companies using eminent domain law to take sections of land and put in the pipelines.

Medina said We Texans is not against oil production, but it does have some concerns about private property rights in the face of eminent domain.

The meeting will be a chance for residents to get together and talk about the different situations they've faced and to share their stories and concerns with Morrison and Hegar.

"So many landowners come to us in tears, just relieved to finally have someone listen to them," Medina said.



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