Wednesday, February 15, 2012

TransCanada Takes New Court Action on Keystone Pipeline as it Continues to Bully Landowner

MEDIA ADVISORY Embargoed for Thursday, February 16, 2012

Contacts: Debra Medina, We Texans, 512.663.8401, Terri Hall, TURF, 210.275.0640, Linda Curtis, Independent Texans, 512.657.2089, Jessica Ellison , Texans for Accountable Government, 512.653.9179, Chris Wilson, Austin Organizer, 512.261.0182, RJ Beving, Paris organizer, 214.557.2271
TransCanada Takes New Court Action on Keystone Pipeline as it Continues to Bully Landowner
Company Pushes to Start Construction Now as Groups Say “Don’t Mess with Texas”
WHAT: Protest/Rally and Court Proceedings (TransCanada vs. Landowner) at Lamar County Courthouse
Protest/Rally at Austin—Railroad Commission
WHEN: Friday, February 17th Paris Rally at 9 am Court proceedings at 10 am
Austin Rally at 10 am
WHERE: Paris– In front of Lamar County Courthouse 119 North Main- Paris, Texas 75460
Austin: In front of Railroad Commission office, 1701 North Congress
WHY: TransCanada to have Courtroom Showdown with Landowner
On the morning of a courtroom battle over a temporary restraining order, statewide groups and citizens will stand behind Texas landowner Julia Trigg Crawford of Paris in support of her right to protect private property. Upon asking for a standstill order while in negotiation on her eminent domain case, TransCanada's representatives balked against her request saying they wanted the right to start trenching on her property as early as March 1st.

On Monday, February 13th, Ms. Crawford obtained a restraining order against TransCanada to protect her property. Within 24 hours, TransCanada in turn filed for the restraining order to be dissolved. The hearing is set for Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. before Judge Bill Harris in Paris, Tx.

“Everyone wants to know, by what authority or permit does this private, foreign company have the right to condemn property and start construction? We are going to tell TransCanada, don’t mess with Texans, don’t mess with our landowners,” commented Linda Curtis of Independent Texans.

TransCanada's Keystone XL permit was denied by the president, so the groups and landowners question by what permit or authority does TransCanada take property or start any kind of tar sand pipeline construction? TransCanada, despite the denial of a permit, continues to bully landowners and execute eminent domain condemnation proceedings. Groups are questioning this company's right to take land via eminent domain. The Railroad Commission has stated that it does not have the authority to grant the power of eminent domain to TransCanada. Ms. Crawford has also challenged the company’s common carrier status.
Ms. Crawford’s case is emblematic of the continuing struggle along with more than 80 cases in Texas where TransCanada, a foreign pipeline company, has condemned private property belonging to Texans.

“This is a private company taking land for private use and foreign profit. They are cloaking themselves in common carrier regalia and exercising eminent domain against Texas citizens but there is no evidence that they have the legal authority to seize property in Texas," noted Debra Medina former gubernatorial candidate and director of We Texans.

The groups plan to show their Texas pride at the events with their boots on, and their Texas and American flags held high telling this private, foreign company "Don't Mess with Texas", "Don't bully Texans, putting our land and our water at risk," while this foreign company continues to masquerade as a common carrier.
PHOTO OPS: Both locations to have citizens with boots on, holding Texas flags, American flags, with protest signs out front.

Court proceedings in judge’s chambers following rally in Paris.

Calvin Tillman
Former Mayor, DISH, TX
(940) 453-3640

"Those who say it can not be done, should get out of the way of those that are doing it"

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rule 37 Handout

Please see attached handout that I presented at the Tarrant County Republican Candidate Fair "Issues Table". Surprisingly there were a number of republican voters who were interested in this subject.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY In Texas Private Property a Growing Issue for Keystone Pipeline


In Texas Private Property a Growing Issue for Keystone Pipeline

A new statewide coalition of groups and advocates for private property rights is announcing its support for landowners along the path of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas. The group charges that TransCanada, the company proposing to build the pipeline, has used eminent domain to bully landowners and condemn private property.

“Texas politicians talk tough on eminent domain, but with Keystone we have a pipeline acting as a ‘common carrier’ and bludgeoning private property owners with eminent domain when there’s a real question whether it meets the legal requirements to do so,” said Debra Medina, former Republican gubernatorial candidate and director of We Texans.

WHAT: Press conference on private property and eminent domain issues facing Keystone XL

WHEN: Monday, February 13th (various times, see below)

WHERE: Dallas – Turley Law Center, 6440 N. Central Expressway, 10:30am
Houston – Location & Time TBA
Austin – Texas Railroad Commission, 1701 Congress Ave., 3:30pm
San Antonio – Location TBA, 3:45pm

WHY: Landowners and prominent private property advocates uniting on Keystone XL

The coalition boasts a diverse group of advocates who are hosting press conferences around the state on February 13th. Press conferences will feature private property owners from East Texas who’ve had property condemned or been bullied into negotiated settlements and who say their story has not been told. The press conferences will be as follows:

Dallas – Calvin Tillman, former mayor of DISH, TX will present landowners Julia Trigg Crawford and Eleanor Fairchild
Houston – Debra Medina,executive director of We Texans and former Republican candidate for governor, will present landowner Mike Hathorn
Austin – Linda Curtis, director of Independent Texans, and Jessica Ellison of Texans for Accountable Government will present landowner Julia Trigg Crawford
San Antonio – Terri Hall, director of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom, will present landowner Eleanor Fairchild

The coalition of advocates points to more than 80 cases in Texas where TransCanada, a foreign pipeline company, condemned private property belonging to Texans. The group also points out that the company misled landowners, telling them the pipeline had all necessary permits and repeatedly telling individual landowners that they were the last holdouts, making the pipeline seem inevitable and securing more favorable terms for the company.

The groups advocates draw parallels between the Keystone XL pipeline and the Trans-Texas Corridor, a proposed highway that many of them were active in defeating.
Debra Medina – 979.253.0220 Calvin Tillman – 940.453.3640 Linda Curtis – 512.535.7208
Terri Hall – 210.2750640 Jessica Ellison – 512.653.9179