Recent Eminent Domain News – August 16 Update

Get caught up on the latest in eminent domain news in Texas.

Kinder Morgan ordered to pay another $2.7 million in Hill Country pipeline dispute

Source: Houston Chronicle

Houston pipeline operator Kinder Morgan has been ordered to pay another $2.7 million in a widening eminent domain dispute out in the Texas Hill Country.

A three-member panel of the Blanco County Special Commissioners ordered Kinder Morgan to pay three landowners more than $2.7 million in order to seize parts of their properties for the company’s proposed Permian Highway Pipeline.

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Recent Eminent Domain News – August 16 Update

Eminent domain remains an issue in Texas

Source: Texas Farm Bureau

The 86th Texas Legislature has come and gone, and Texans are still left without meaningful eminent domain reform.

Families like the Whatleys continue to face an uphill battle in getting fair contracts when faced with forced condemnation from a private entity.

“Over the last 12 years, we’ve had nine different pipelines laid across property that we either own or manage,” Jon Whatley, a fourth generation farmer, said.

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New Mexico company chosen to build 11 miles of border wall starting next month

Source: KVEO

Border Patrol trucks heavily patrolled a section of a border levee Thursday in western Hidalgo County, where U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it has awarded a contract worth up to $304 million to a New Mexico company to begin building 11 miles of border wall to keep out immigrants and stem the flow of illegal drugs.

CBP, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announced late Wednesday in a news release that Southwest Valley Constructors Company has been selected to build three non-contiguous segments of new border wall in Hidalgo County. The base contract amount is $80 million and could increase to $304 million with options.

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Pipeline operator sues to block Kyle regulations

Source: Austin American-Statesman

Kinder Morgan, a pipeline operator working to build a 430-mile natural gas line slicing across Hays County, has asked a federal judge to block a Kyle ordinance that regulates the construction and operation of pipelines in the city.

The lawsuit argues that the Kyle regulations violate federal and state law and should be struck down.

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