Texas landowners take a rare stand against Big Oil

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    Nearly half the steel TransCanada is using is not American-made and the company won't promise to use local workers exclusively; it can't guarantee the oil will remain in the United States. It has snatched land. Possibly most egregious: They've behaved like arrogant foreigners, unworthy of operating in Texas.

    To fight back, insulted Texas landowners are filing dozens of lawsuits, threatening to further delay a project that has already encountered many obstacles. Others are allowing activists to go on their land to stage protests. Several have been arrested.

    "We've fought wars for it. We stood our ground at the Alamo for it. There's a lot of reasons that Texans are very proud of their land and proud when you own land that you are the master of that land and you control that land," said Julia Trigg Crawford, who is fighting the condemnation of a parcel of her family's 650-acre Red'Arc Farm in Sumner, about 115 miles northeast of Dallas.

    Texas landowners take a rare stand against Big Oil - Yahoo! News
     
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    So no one really cares that private companies are using eminent domain to seize private property?
    A foreign private company at that.
     
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    Amazing simply amazing....
     
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    Ive been reading about this. I admit, I'm baffeled why this isn't getting more attention, and I thought Obama missed a perfect opportunity last night when Romney brought up the pipeline, to mention the serious concerns from people whose land is being appropriated for this.
     
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    56 views and yours is the first response.

    This says something, I am just not sure what yet.


    Obama is a corporatist as well he would not complain about this.
    If Wall Street and corporations are doing well then so is America seems to be the mindset now.
     
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    One lady was just demanding that they haul off their trash instead of burying it on her property and they went to court to take what they wanted.
     
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    Good for them! And no, most people don't feel eminent domain should be used in this way. The Supremes ruling that allows this kind of crap is worth than the Citizens United ruling.
     
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    While I don't expect him to follow up, I thought Obama would have at least pandered to the crowd.
     
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    why is no one speaking out against it?
    Afraid of being perceived as anti pipeline or compromising with Obama?

    I guess as long as it is not messing up their property it is of no issue to them?
     
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    I think many people see the pipeline as the golden ticket to jobs and cheap gas, and feel that stealing other peoples land is acceptable because of it.
     

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