Pipeline Struggle: Who Can Exert Eminent Domain?
Texas politicians love giving lip service to the sanctity of private property rights. You also hear them talking a lot about the benefits of the state’s robust oil and gas industry. But what happens when those two things come into conflict? For StateImpact Texas, KUT’s Mose Buchele reports on the story of eminent domain and how it comes to bear on the Keystone XL pipeline.
I’ve always said the reason we condemn for roads, and the reason we condemn for pipelines, is so the people that are against will be able to put gasoline in their cars and drive down to the road so they can protest it.