Today I stood on the courthouse steps in Paris, Texas with the most interesting group of people who were protesting what has become the new normal in Texas: eminent domain abuse by a private, for profit company.
I will update this post with some pictures and video later. But right now I want to tell you what the Keystone XL attorney said regarding the landowner who is protesting having her farm that has been in her family since 1948, and the Native American artifact mounds on it destroyed for this pipeline that will carry tar sands oil from Alberta Canada. He said: “They can have their day in court, but they won’t stop this pipeline.”
Update: Another brilliant moment that stuck out was when this arrogant attorney handed the judge a letter signed by Rick Perry, Kay Bailey Hutchinson and John Cornyn that detailed all the benefits from the Keystone XL. There were many eye rolls from the group of mostly conservative voters in the room. I think they have finally figured out that the Three Texas Stooges are not on their side.
When the attorney listed all the jobs building this pipeline would bring to Paris, Texas, he even listed Kinkos. All I can figure is he thinks the guys who build the pipeline are going to make a run on Kinkos for copies.
Also, the judge pointed out that the average person who works at the bank and makes $50,000/year is denied access to the court because the amount of bond required to file an injunction on the pipeline would be several millions.
Texans are sick of “Big Oil and Gas” and that was made clear to me today.
Here’s some press
“I never got a chance to go before a judge and say, ‘Judge, I don’t want to give them my land,’ ” Crawford said in an interview. “Not only do I think the landowners are being bullied, but now they’re saying they want to have the right to be able to start construction. And they don’t even have a permit!”
More than 75 citizens – conservative property rights advocates, grey-haired landowners, environmental activists and even some Occupy protesters trooped into the small courtroom.