Texas landowners subsidize pipelines and powerlines

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There is no question, pipeline and transmission line projects are necessary to supply our rapidly growing state. The electric transmission capacity ensures our lights stay on and our homes stay cool during the hottest months of the year. Pipelines carrying oil and gas supply our fuel and a wide array of petroleum-based products, helping feed a booming

Texas economy. There is, however, a darker side to this pipeline and transmission line development. Every year more Texas landowners find themselves in the path of pipeline and transmission line projects. Most of these companies have the power of eminent domain and can condemn by force the land they want. They are common carriers, meaning their pipeline or transmission lines are available for use by other companies, even though they profit from the projects. Unfortunately, landowners facing the threat of eminent domain stand little chance of being treated justly or being paid a fair price for what is taken from them.

 

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