Recent Eminent Domain News – March 3 Update

Find out the latest in Texas eminent domain news.

Critics Expect Long Fight Against Texas Bullet Train Project

Source: Houston Chronicle

(TNS) — In the same room where many mobilized against the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor freeway project 15 years ago, critics of a proposed Houston-to-Dallas bullet train promised to shoot that down, too. No matter how long that takes.

“Unfortunately, we are five years in and I can see five more years,” said Kyle Workman, president of Texans Against High-Speed Rail.

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Recent Eminent Domain News – March 3 Update

Pipeline Construction Begins Through Texas Hill Country After Judge Denies TRO

Source: Spectrum News

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal district court in Austin has cleared the way for Kinder Morgan to continue construction of its 430-mile natural gas pipeline through the Texas Hill Country.

Kinder Morgan has already began construction in other parts of Texas on the Permian Highway Pipeline, which will stretch from west Texas to the Houston area, but has been held up in the Hill Country for legal reasons. Construction there started Saturday after the judge denied a temporary restraining order from opponents.

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Opponents of Kinder Morgan Hill Country pipeline vow to keep fighting

Source: Houston Chronicle

Opponents of a controversial natural gas pipeline through the picturesque Texas Hill Country lost a legal battle but vow to continue their fight against Houston pipeline operator Kinder Morgan.

The pipeline is being built through the habitat of the golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered songbird, and over parts of the Edwards Aquifer, a source of drinking water to millions and home to several threatened and endangered species of salamander, fish and insects.

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Brazos County files eminent domain lawsuits against landowners on I & GN Road

Source: KBTX-TV

COLLEGE STATION — On Feb. 21, Brazos County filed an eminent domain lawsuit against two landowners that live on I & GN Road so they can start construction on the once busy road.

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UNT pays $1.4 million for New York Sub Hub in eminent domain deal

Source: Denton Record-Chronicle

The University of North Texas has reached a deal for 906 Ave. C, paying $1.4 million for the New York Sub Hub and Naranja Cafe locations in order to avoid condemnation proceedings to acquire the property.

Hunter Christensen, the second-generation owner of New York Sub Hub, said the deal was brokered by his father, Kenneth Christensen, and the rest of the family wasn’t consulted before signing.

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Willis starts eminent domain proceedings for utility project

Source: The Courier of Montgomery County

The Willis City Council has authorized taking a small section of land through eminent domain from a Valero corner store to complete a stretch of utility work on Texas 75 and Calvary Road.

The decision aims to avoid delays on the project, which the city officials claim is being held up by the 570-square foot utility easement, for which the city offered an appraised value of $1,400 to purchase.

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