Advisory: Second Round of Citizen Hearings Continue in East Texas on Eminent Domain, Public Safety & Protection of Texas Waterways
Citizens across East Texas are concerned about pipeline companies falsely claiming “common carrier” status in order to gain the power of eminent domain to seize their property. They’re also concerned about three particularly dangerous pipelines (Keystone XL, Seaway and Pegasus) and a rail classification yard planned for the Brazos River Bottom where diluted bitumen (aka tar sands) threatens their waterways. One of those waterways is the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer that serves 10-12 million people. Others include drinking water supplies for Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and many smaller cities in the region.
Tuesday, December 3rd, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Best Western Premiere Old Town Center, 1920 Austins Colony Parkway, Bryan, TX. Speakers: Kathleen Hubbard, Brazos River Bottom Alliance, Tom "Smitty" Smith, Public Citizen and local landowners. Facilitated by Linda Curtis, League of Independent Voters of Texas.
Wednesday, December 4th, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Garden Park Drive, Tyler, TX. Speakers: Calvin Tilman (former mayor of DISH), Tom "Smitty" Smith, Public Citizen and local landowners. Facilitated by Linda Curtis, League of Independent Voters of Texas.
Thursday, December 5th, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 9505 College Street, Beaumont, TX. Speakers: Jim Williams (Public Citizen), Isom Ramsey, Beaumont residents, local landowners. Facilitated by Linda Curtis, League of Independent Voters of Texas.
Note: Area officials -- city, county, state and emergency management officials -- have been invited to these hearings.
Hearings have already been held in: Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Roans Prairie, Big Sandy, Fairfield and Cleveland
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