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Texas Central wins key ruling in court case over eminent domain; case to be appealed to Texas Supreme Court
Source: Community Impact News
A key decision in a lawsuit affecting plans for a high-speed rail line connecting Houston to Dallas was handed down May 7 when the Texas 13th Court of Appeals determined Texas Central, the company planning the rail line, to be a legally recognized as a railroad company in the state of Texas.
Plaintiffs in the case—James Miles v. Texas Central—said they plan to appeal it to the Texas Supreme Court.
Armed With Eminent Domain, Pipeline Projects Continue to Burden Landowners During the Pandemic
Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan is cutting a 400-mile line across the middle of Texas, digging up vast swaths of private land for its planned Permian Highway Pipeline. The project is ceaseless, continuing through the coronavirus pandemic. Landowner Heath Frantzen said that dozens of workers have showed up to his ranch in Fredericksburg, even as public health officials urged people to stay at home.
“There weren’t wearing masks. They weren’t wearing gloves. They weren’t practicing social distancing,” he said. Frantzen believes the workers pose a danger to him and his 85-year-old father, whom he cares for.
US awards border wall contract in Texas to begin in 2021
The U.S. government has awarded a $275 million border wall contract for construction that would begin in South Texas in January, at the start of President Donald Trump’s second term if he is re-elected.