Come and Move It

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Dear Editor, 
    In 2014, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) threatened to take the land of seven families on the border between Texas and Oklahoma. Then-Attorney General Greg Abbott questioned the federal government’s authority to take land owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations. He demanded: Please delineate each of the steps for the RAP/EIS process and “describe the procedural due process.” Abbott stated the process was offensive. He was willing “to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and take it’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.” In 2015, he wrote a letter stating, “Our Constitution rests on the principle that governments are created to protect property owners’ rights.” 
    Hill Country landowners deserve the same support NOW from Governor Abbott. Kinder Morgan (KM), a private company, is proposing a 42-inch hydrocarbon Permian Highway Pipeline go through the heavily populated and environmentally sensitive area of the Texas Hill Country. The product will not even be delivered to Texans. KM is using eminent domain to take land from thousands of landowners offering an offensive fraction of the property values. No environmental impact study has been done and no procedural due process. Landowners would like to hold "Come and Take It" signs but Governor Abbott signed into law House Bill 3557 making that a felony.
    More is at risk NOW. The Blanco River crested at 44 feet in the 2015 flood and took out multiple bridges, houses, and 500-year-old cypress trees. A pipeline would not have survived that flood. The proposed pipeline route will go under the Blanco River two times and the Pedernales River three times! One leak compromises the water of millions, including Austin and San Antonio. 
    Governor Abbott, please protect property owners’ rights and all our water. Help MOVE the pipeline! 
Brenda Freed
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