Find out what’s happening in eminent domain news for June 2022:
Cattle raisers celebrate Texas Supreme Court decision on eminent domain
Source: Tri-State Livestock News
The Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association celebrated the Texas Supreme Court decision in the case of Hlavinka et al. v. HSC Pipeline Partnership, LLC. The ruling holds that landowners in Texas may use privately negotiated pipeline easement transactions as evidence of market value in condemnation proceedings.
Texas and Missouri urge Fifth Circuit to lift stay on border-wall case
Source: Courthouse News
The Biden administration told the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday it has no policy against building barriers at the southwest border, refuting Texas’ and Missouri’s claims it is refusing to spend $2.7 billion Congress appropriated for that purpose.
Over 1,600 Texans have signed petition to oppose Marvin Nichols Reservoir
Source: Texarkana Gazette
More than 1,600 individuals have signed a petition to publicly oppose Marvin Nichols Reservoir. The reservoir would flood more than 66,000 acres of ranch land, hardwood forest and wetlands in Northeast Texas to pipe water 150 miles to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It also would require that at least another 130,000 acres be taken from private ownership for mitigation purposes.
Decades after Texas took part of its historic farm, a family fights again to save its land from a highway expansion
Source: Texas Tribune
Alexander-Kasparik was 9 when the Texas Department of Transportation used eminent domain in 1968 to forcibly buy 5 acres of the family land just outside Austin city limits to put in U.S. Highway 183. Decades later, history is threatening to repeat itself. TxDOT plans to add more lanes to the highway that already abuts the Alexander Farm and Cemetery. But this time around, Alexander-Kasparik is determined to see a different outcome.
ABIA attempts ‘unusual’ use of eminent domain to force out South Terminal operator
Officials who run Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) have big plan in the works that would add a new concourse by 2028 with at least 10 gates and the ability to expand to 40. But there’s one big obstacle: The South Terminal, where ultra-low-cost airlines Allegiant and Frontier operate, would have to be demolished.
The South Terminal is run by a private company, Lonestar Airport Holdings and is under a 30-year lease with two optional five-year extensions. So now the City of Austin is attempting a novel use of the state’s eminent domain law to terminate Lonestar’s lease. ABIA wants the company gone by July 2023.
Freer man: Gov’t to force $67K land sale after he nixed $750K deal
Source: Laredo Morning Times
A Freer man is accusing the federal government of potentially using eminent domain to take his land for “pennies on the dollar” after negotiations to buy the land fell through.