Letter from Mayor Tillman to Congressman Burgess: Reconsider your position on Keystone XL Pipeline and defend Texas private property rights

Mayor Calvin Tillman wrote a letter to US Congressman Michael Burgess asking him to reconsider his support for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The letter addresses

  • the massive land grab, “a minimum of 24,000 acres of private property that will be taken through eminent domain…”
  • the overblown jobs claim that has inflated in direct proportion to opposition
  • and the right to enjoy private property.

You should read it then call Congressman Burgess. A phone call has more impact than an email and it’s quick and easy. He should be in town right now for the holiday.

Lewisville office: (972) 434-9700

Fort Worth office: (817) 531-8454

DC Office: (202) 225-7772

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About Sharon Wilson

Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.


  1. GhostBlogger says

    Look at the number of jobs generated by the REX gas pipeline a few years ago. A similar sized pipeline in length & diameter. Nowhere near 100,000 jobs created by that.

    I’d like to see where the pipes for Keystone XL will be made. Likely India or China. Keep waving those flags about US job creation, boys, as you import those pipes.

    Plus, one contact told me that Mexican workers were used by Enterprise to build one of their gas pipelines in Texas a few years ago.

  2. Anonomous says

    You can bet Big Gas will build it on the cheap. After a few years, corrosion will set in and leaks will come. Then Big Gas wil BS the politicians to fund a government taxpayer funded takeover of the pipeline to keep the valuable gas flowing, ha.

  3. Anonomous says

    I think that another “hidden” use of the pipeline is to cheaply move crude from the recent finds and production in N. Dakota. Little of no rifining up there. Big oil never has lied to us before??

  4. says

    It seemed like the afterthought in the payroll tax cut extension fight, a small consolation prize to the Republicans on what should have been the easiest of bi-partisan votes.

  5. Anonomous says

    In Texas, you only own your land until someone with more money than you (such as the Gas Mafia) wants it–then you loose. All we can do is Run from Texas.