Looking out for landowner interests

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TSCRA, Farm Bureau, Extension partner to raise local awareness over pipelines

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The packed house at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Events Center on Monday showed that interest was high in protecting private land against the business-friendly eminent domain practices that can favor business.

The crowd of an estimated 400 people from Gillespie heard from an attorney and a landowner who had been through the negotiation process with pipeline companies. It was helpful information to brace against other interests who may seek to “divide and conquer,” as the attorney stated.

Texas needs oil and gas pipelines and that industry is a huge part of the Texas economy. Where natural gas is, in many cases, being burned off at present, this pipeline will provide a way to get it to market.

But local landowners need to be fairly compensated by these companies, which will see huge windfalls from the sale of this product. Landowners also need to make sure disruption is minimal and their land is still usable for livestock, grass and wildlife.

Thanks to the hosting entities and look for more information and workshops in the near future. — K.E.C.