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Curious twist in XL pipeline dispute: Some TX ranchers, landowners proclaim abuse of eminent domain

Remember Ed Osborne fighting the City of Wilmington's threats to force him to sell his property using eminent domain? That was always a little ironic... a registered Democrat asserting property rights.

Now we have another irony in the reverse direction. Despite the Republicans' full-throttled battle in FAVOR of the Trans Canada / Keystone XL pipeline, some Texas ranchers / landowners, not exactly unsympathetic to oil interests, now openly RESIST the project. They bitterly oppose courts giving Trans Canada permission to condemn their land through eminent domain. (Irony: Trans Canada, in its high-horsed treatment of the locals, is absolutely trashing Canadians' reputation for civility.)

In the ultimate irony, some of these landowners are making common cause with environmentalists. A Right--Left coalition. Yet, interestingly, I don't hear the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates - from EITHER major political party - mentioning this, probably because such a political coalition is inconvenient.

Here's an account from The STATESMAN of Austin, Texas...


http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional/arrests-some-heated-rhetoric-mark-east-texas-pipel/nSdgN/


Another irony: Whether it's a President Romney, or a re-elected President Obama, I believe EITHER man will ultimately approve the pipeline project, although with perhaps some modifications. It's somewhat like President Clinton pushing NAFTA / GATT over the protests of a Perot-inspired, Right--Left coalition.

Posted at 8:32am on October 18, 2012 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

kavips
Thu, Oct 18, 2012 2:13pm
This would be a great time to bring up the Big Inch and Little Inch pipeline projects of 1942.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Inch

Of local interest, the terminus was in Phoenixville PA, and extended north of us to the Port of Chester.

From another source, it is amazing to think that no cargo ship passed unscathed up the coast of the Eastern US during the summer and fall of 1942.

However, once the pipeline opened, and 300,000 barrels a day were able to get through, the risk of getting caught off the East Coast (you've seen the concrete towers off Bethany and Lewes) versus the damage done, removed the threat......


kavips
Thu, Oct 18, 2012 6:11pm
It appears that the eminent domain protesters are very few in number? I tried to get a reading on how many and kept getting referred to the same source, a farmer outside of Winnsboro Texas. Some of his neighbors were paid $22,000 for the right to cross their properties and are now having second thoughts.

Far more curiouser, was how the politics of the Keystone Pipeline, has characterized Obama as being a no pipeline person, and his opposition as being the low cost energy people.....

In Nebraska the pipeline, well known for leaking profusely, crosses an aquifer used as drinking water for hundreds of thousands of Midwesterners. I would certainly hope, he'd not approve that. Anyone who says otherwise, I want to see you drink a bottled water that I dropped a couple of crude oil drops into.....

If you won't do it, you can't make others do it....

This article actually mentions that the Obama "embraced the less controversial southern portion of Keystone XL, which received final permits from the Army Corps of Engineers this summer."

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/13/us/protesters-gather-at-keystone-xl-site-in-texas.html?_r=0

And if one looks at the refusal documents.... "after saying TransCanada must reroute the project around environmentally delicate areas in Nebraska, President Obama encouraged the company to submit a fresh application to the State Department."

Certainly not the language of someone who was soooooooo against oil and gas, he was willing to jeopardize the well being of the United States of America.... as Romney and Republican supporters on these threads sometimes purport.

Romney Republicans are such baffoons....

mrpizza
Thu, Oct 18, 2012 7:19pm
I may actually agree with Kavips on this one. I disagree that Romney Republicans are buffoons, at least in general, but perhaps on this issue. Sometimes the real world can catch you between a rock and a hard place.

kavips
Fri, Oct 19, 2012 12:58am
Well... lol... now I have to take that back. For at least one of them has proved not to be a buffoon.... see the above comment for explanation... lol.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Oct 19, 2012 2:36pm
Kavips and Mrpizza: I'm with you both on this one too.

Then what the real question that should be asked in this upcoming debate: Have the oil companies resubmitted their proposal of re-routing to the State Department? If NO, then Obama's off the hook and Romney looks foolish or as Kavips said, a buffoon. IF the answer is YES, then a follow-up question should be, so has your State Department, approved of this application yet, and if not, why not?


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