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Old 02-28-2012, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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The Texas Supreme Court could decide by later this week if it will reconsider its opinion on the use of eminent domain by companies to take private land. At issue: companies that want to build pipelines to transport oil and gas as the need surges with increased drilling.
Pipeline Companies Fight for Right to Take Property | StateImpact Texas

If we allow this, where will it end?


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LAPORTE, Pa. - A pipeline operator assured federal regulators it would minimize using eminent domain against private landowners if given approval to lay a 39-mile natural gas pipeline in northern Pennsylvania's pristine Endless Mountains.
Pipeline Firm Takes An Unpopular Route - News, Sports, Jobs - The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register


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TransCanada wanted Thompson and other affected landowners to sign over the rights to parts of their land in order to build the pipeline. The gist of the letter was if they refused to cooperate, Keystone would use eminent domain to acquire an easement. Thompson was stunned that a foreign company could potentially take over his land.
Ranchers' Land In Nebraska Becomes Ground Zero In Energy Fight : NPR
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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It already has happened before in the past with the US Supreme Court ruling in favor for it.

Kelo v. City of New London - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There have been several bills put forward to amend the Constitution to limit the power of eminent domain. Unfortunately they have never went anywhere.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:22 PM
 
Location: southern california
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eminent domain is a a most abused law. do u know vicksburg national monument (26 sq miles)????
that was my late aunts farm. eminent domain, 7 cents an acre.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Apparently now, even foreign companies (Keystone pipeline) can come in and take whatever property they want.

We have lost our liberties to the power of companies and profit.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:27 PM
 
Location: SWUS
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Eminent domain should not be used by private companies, and its use should only be used in the most limited possible way.

The only way it'd be fair is if they offered at least fair market value.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:33 PM
 
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Fudge No
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Eminent domain should not be used by private companies, and its use should only be used in the most limited possible way.

The only way it'd be fair is if they offered at least fair market value.
This Canadian company is taking advantage of eminent domain in the worst way!

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A Canadian company has been threatening to confiscate private land from South Dakota to the Gulf of Mexico, and is already suing many who have refused to allow the Keystone XL pipeline on their property even though the controversial project has yet to receive federal approval.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/us...pagewanted=all
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:36 PM
 
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The Keystone XL pipeline is a prime example of the Federal Government taking care of corporations rather than the rights of its private citizens. We need to end the practice of eminent domain for corporate gain. It not only is a violation of our rights to the private property that we own, but more so, it further breeds the collusion between the corporation and state.
Keystone XL Pipeline Relies on Eminent Domain for Success
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:43 PM
 
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TransCanada has at least 34 eminent domain actions against landowners in Texas, and 22 in South Dakota, and threatens landowners in Nebraska.

Tell TransCanada: Stop seizing land for the rejected Keystone XL pipeline!
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Should use of eminent domain by companies be allowed to take private land.
NO. SCOTUS made a very bad ruling in the Kelo decision. The issue should be revisited.

Since that ruling, the houses were razed to the ground and NOTHING has been done.
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