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

by TXsharon on December 22, 2011

in Tar Sands

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

UPDATE: Keystone XL Tax Cut Rider: GOP’s Cudgel or Black Eye?
Bungled strategy to fast-track oil sands pipeline likely to give Obama leverage.
By Elizabeth McGowan, InsideClimate News




{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

GhostBlogger December 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

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.


TXsharon December 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm

You can go anywhere where they are building pipeline and talk to one of the workers IFyou can speak Spanish.


Anonomous December 22, 2011 at 7:22 pm

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.


Anonomous December 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm

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??


Oilfield Research December 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm

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.


GhostBlogger December 29, 2011 at 8:37 pm
Anonomous December 29, 2011 at 11:04 pm

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.


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