Recent Eminent Domain News – February 3 Update

Find out what’s happening in Texas eminent domain news.

Kinder Morgan faces new lawsuit from Hill Country property owners regarding pipeline construction

Source: KVUE

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas — Several property owners in Texas’ Hill Country have filed a new federal lawsuit against Permian Highway Pipeline, LLC; Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC; and several other companies in an attempt to prevent the Permian Highway Pipeline to be built on their properties.

The lawsuit, which was filed on Jan. 24, states four property owners have either declined to sell their claims to the land or sold it due to the defendants’ threat of using eminent domain provisions to forcefully purchase the land.

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Recent Eminent Domain News – February 3 Update

Kinder Morgan mobilizes for pipeline construction in Central Texas

Source: Community Impact News

After more than a year of community meetings, negotiations, resolutions and legal action, the pipeline company Kinder Morgan is getting ready to begin construction on the Permian Highway Pipeline in Central Texas—at least if legal challenges do not stop it.

Work has already begun on the westernmost section of the 430-mile, $2 billion natural gas conduit, which stretches from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast, nearly bisecting Hays County. But in the Central Texas area, the company is waiting for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to issue required permits.

It is what happens with those permits that will most likely determine how soon Kinder Morgan can break ground.

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Kinder Morgan Says It Has Reached A Milestone In Central Texas Pipeline Project

Source: KUT

Construction on a 430-mile natural gas pipeline planned to run through the Texas Hill Country reached a milestone this week when pipeline company Kinder Morgan announced it had secured the legal right-of-way necessary to build out the project on private land across the state.

But that doesn’t mean fights with property owners or legal challenges to the project will come to an end.

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BRADY: Federal Railroad Administration agrees to hold public hearing in rural Texas on controversial high-speed rail

Source: Corsican Daily Sun

Washington, D.C. — This week, in a meeting in Washington, D.C., Texas Congressman Kevin Brady secured a commitment from Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory to hold a public hearing to seek landowners and local officials comments in the rural counties impacted by the proposed Texas High Speed Rail. The agency, which is drafting federal rules on safety and the environmental impact of the project, expects to announce in February the proposed rules and to begin to seek public comments.

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Border Wall Threatens National Wildlife Refuge That’s Been 40 Years In The Making

Source: NPR

Over the past 41 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been buying up land on the lower Texas-Mexico border to protect one of the most biologically diverse regions in North America from developers and farmers.

But the Rio Grande Valley of Texas is a hotspot for illegal immigration and drug smuggling, as well as biodiversity. That’s why the Trump administration is planning to build 110 miles of border wall through the valley (which is actually a river delta).

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