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Arkansas Pipeline Rupture Amplifies Keystone Opponents’ Arguments

Arkansas Pipeline Rupture Amplifies Keystone Opponents’ Arguments | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
In a small town outside of Little Rock, Arkansas, ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured over 19,000 barrels of a mixture of Canadian crude oil and water. More than twenty residents of the town wer...
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Lattice Tower Construction

Lattice Tower Construction | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
Lattice tower power line construction is moving forward in North Texas despite PUC's preference for use of monopoles.
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Texas Man Attempts to Take a Personal Stand Against Keystone XL Pipeline

Texas Man Attempts to Take a Personal Stand Against Keystone XL Pipeline | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
Energy experts like Amy Jaffe from UC Davis see oil and its consumption as a lifestyle that we have adopted. In order to maintain this lifestyle, energy infrastructure is vital for the public good....
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How the 2012 Presidential Election Can Affect You, the Landowner

How the 2012 Presidential Election Can Affect You, the Landowner | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
With America’s new president decided, both sides of the energy argument speculate victories. Some oil and gas enthusiasts think President Obama is likely to pass TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline ...
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Not in my Backyard – How About Yours?

Not in my Backyard – How About Yours? | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
The chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, Barry Smitherman, spoke about the benefits of the Keystone pipeline at the energy conference hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership last weekend. I...
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Arrests, some heated rhetoric mark East Texas pipeline protests.

Arrests, some heated rhetoric mark East Texas pipeline protests. | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
How are private property rights being protected? The pipeline clearly damages the property, but the pipeline company does its best to avoid paying damages by offering very little to the property ow...
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Wind Energy v. Coal - the Endless Debate

Wind Energy v. Coal - the Endless Debate | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
As with all things that closely intertwine with politics and the economy, wind energy also has its pros and cons. While some may defend it for its efficiency and its potential to sustain clean ener...
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The Importance of Property Rights and a Partial History of How We Got Them

The Importance of Property Rights and a Partial History of How We Got Them | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
Eminent domain has gotten a lot of press recently. A major catalyst was the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London, which allowed a city to take private property from indi...
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“Keystone pipeline clears a hurdle,” but what about my property rights?

“Keystone pipeline clears a hurdle,” but what about my property rights? | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
Recent political debate has shown two sides regarding the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. GOP vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, voiced his opinion in support of the pipeli...
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Public Versus Private - A Political Affair

Public Versus Private - A Political Affair | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
Owning property is a private affair. One of the primary benefits of owning property is the right to exclude others from your land. If the government or a private company with the power of eminent d...
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Preparing for Condemnation - Know Your Property Before TxDOT Appraisers Do

Preparing for Condemnation - Know Your Property Before TxDOT Appraisers Do | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
Whether TxDOT successfully lives up to its mission of making sure you’re not alone during condemnation is irrelevant. What matters more than their support is a property owner’s constitutional right...
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Pipelines unhappy with Texas eminent domain ruling

Pipelines unhappy with Texas eminent domain ruling | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press Updated 03:14 p.m., Monday, July 23, 2012 Read here: http://www.chron.com/news/article/Pipelines-unhappy-with-Texas-eminent-domain-ruling-3727085.php
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Texas Lawmaker Aims To Expand Property Rights Protections

Texas Lawmaker Aims To Expand Property Rights Protections | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
House Bill 1496 would include mineral rights in state law's existing private-property protections regarding government actions such as eminent domain, expanding such property rights beyond those cu...
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$604, 950 Jury Award for Pipeline Damage Affirmed, Texas Supreme Court Denies Petition in San Antonio Court of Appeals

$604, 950 Jury Award for Pipeline Damage Affirmed, Texas Supreme Court Denies Petition in San Antonio Court of Appeals | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
In some condemnation proceeding involving pipelines, three types of damages can potentially be taken into consideration: 1) the permanent damage caused by the presence of the pipeline; 2) the tempo...
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Land Battles Rise as U.S. Eyes 450,000 Miles of New Pipe

Land Battles Rise as U.S. Eyes 450,000 Miles of New Pipe | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
“It’s increased at a level I’ve never seen in the past 10 years.” To read the full article, please visit: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-04/land-battles-rise-as-u-s-eyes-450-000-miles-of-new...
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Business Keystone XL foes say fed study should consider climate effects

Business Keystone XL foes say fed study should consider climate effects | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
The Keystone line continues to be a political lighting rod after the presidential election. While the Federal emission challenges demonstrate yet another reason for the line's harmful effects, the ...
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A Split Decision – Two Sides of the Same Pipeline

A Split Decision – Two Sides of the Same Pipeline | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
When it comes to the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline in East Texas, landowners have a split opinion. While people like Gabe Cordova recognize the dangers in the type of oil propo...
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TransCanada finds pushback on cross-country pipeline in an unlikely place: Oil-friendly Texas

TransCanada finds pushback on cross-country pipeline in an unlikely place: Oil-friendly Texas | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
This is a perfect example of a pipeline company not paying just and fair compensation.   They offer the landowner $400,000 and when he asks to be paid a fair amount, they drop their offer to slight...
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Short Term vs. Long Term Effects of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Short Term vs. Long Term Effects of the Keystone XL Pipeline | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
The debates surrounding TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline are contentious, indeed, but still seem to be missing some important questions. While GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney plans ...
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Inside Out: A New Way of Looking at the 2012 Presidential Debate

Inside Out: A New Way of Looking at the 2012 Presidential Debate | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
“All of the increase in natural gas and oil has happened on private land, not on government land. On government land [Obama’s] administration has cut the number of permits and licenses in half. If ...
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Whose Land Is It Anyway? - A Rising Tide of Eminent Domain Cases in Texas

Whose Land Is It Anyway? - A Rising Tide of Eminent Domain Cases in Texas | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
Julia Trigg Crawford, a Northeast Texas farmer, and numerous landowners across Texas continue to fight for their property rights despite many losses. But what is the reason behind this sudden surge...
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Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge Litigation Boutique Opening in Austin, Houston

Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge Litigation Boutique Opening in Austin, Houston | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
Luke and I are proud to announce the opening of our new firm, Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge. The firm is a litigation boutique with offices now open in both Houston and Austin. We focus on trials a...
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Power Should Not Be Assumed in Eminent Domain Cases

Power Should Not Be Assumed in Eminent Domain Cases | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
Pipelines may not have the right to take your property. See prior post on Texas Riceland Farmers. In addition, projects like TransCanada’s Keystone XL can damage your property and severely diminish...
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Why Changes to Eminent Domain in Texas May Be Imminent

Why Changes to Eminent Domain in Texas May Be Imminent | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
It looks like new changes may be coming on pipeline takings: http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/07/25/why-changes-to-eminent-domain-in-texas-may-be-imminent/
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So you've been condemned...now what?

So you've been condemned...now what? | Texas Condemnation | Scoop.it
Despite being a lawyer who represents people across the State on these types of cases, I can honestly say I understand what it feels like to have your property taken from you. Our family's ranch wa...
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