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Old 01-03-2018, 01:32 PM   #1
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Dallas city officials are furious that a wealthy Texas landowner has stopped them from abusing eminent domain to force a pipeline directly through his ranch.

Shockingly, officials say they’re “infuriated” because they weren’t able to run over landowner Monty Bennett like they do “ordinary people.”

Councilwoman Sandy Greyson said she’s “infuriated” the city has been prevented from “taking his land” like “ordinary people” who come and beg before council. Greyson suggests it would be more equitable if everyone was equally mistreated. Watch Greyson’s full, unedited statement below:
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Even more shocking, Greyson admits she now feels compelled, albeit reluctantly, to support a settlement because the city would likely “lose in court” anyways.

Dallas officials arrogantly blame the landowner for the “millions” in taxpayer money they’ve wasted on a prolonged and frivolous court battle. But officials were not forced to fight Bennett. The city’s refusal to negotiate was clearly their choice, as the landowner offered alternative solutions from the onset.

Governments have no incentive to negotiate with landowners because citizens can simply be steamrolled into submission, as Greyson readily admits. After all, governments have unlimited tax-funded war chests to hire high-priced law firms, which most Texans cannot afford. As a result, officials are accustomed to people simply giving up even in cases where the government skirts the law or abuses its authority.

It’s fitting that – for once – government officials are experiencing the “infuriating frustration” that’s commonly felt by “ordinary” Texans who are subjected to the unjust whims of unaccountable politicians.

Critics unsympathetic to Bennett’s plight will claim the pipeline is a “necessary public good.” But even necessary projects don’t give government the authority to abuse the rights of landowners.

What the critics fail (or refuse) to recognize is that the landowner had worked from the outset to negotiate an alternative route with Dallas officials and their partner, the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD). But Bennett wasn’t the only one.
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:52 PM   #2
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In the fall of 2010, Bennett found a notice posted on a gate at the Lazy W. It was from something he’d never heard of, the Tarrant Regional Water District. The agency was asking for permission to come on the land to conduct a survey for something called the Integrated Pipeline, or IPL.

Be interesting to see what this will do the proposed high speed rail from Houston to Dallas. I know of some people that have received similar survey notices.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:16 PM   #3
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Drain the swamp. Can't imagine how elitist politicians can be so out of touch with reality.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:46 PM   #4
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About time someone stood up and fought this. I hope this is just the start of this eminent domain abuse that has been occurring.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:46 PM   #5
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Drain the swamp. Can't imagine how elitist politicians can be so out of touch with reality.


It’s easy. They sit in their plush little city high rises or condos paid for by taxpayers and they ponder up **** that they no clue about. They are the ones “running this country” state, city, etc.

Running it into the ground in most cases.


Sierracharlie out…
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:50 PM   #6
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Problem is, it takes a stubborn guy with really deep pockets to keep from being run over.
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What a witch.
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:06 PM   #8
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You have to give it to a guy who is creative enough to dedicate a cemetery in the middle of the proposed pipeline ROW.

https://www.dmagazine.com/publicatio...t-water-fight/
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:29 PM   #9
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Wow...
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:25 PM   #10
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Go Bennett
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Drain the swamp. Can't imagine how elitist politicians can be so out of touch with reality.
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About time someone stood up and fought this. I hope this is just the start of this eminent domain abuse that has been occurring.
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It’s easy. They sit in their plush little city high rises or condos paid for by taxpayers and they ponder up **** that they no clue about. They are the ones “running this country” state, city, etc.

Running it into the ground in most cases.


Sierracharlie out…
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Old 01-05-2018, 12:55 AM   #12
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Eminent domain abuse will get worse as cities expand and urban sprawl overtakes rural areas. Trump's infrastructure reinvestment plans will accelerate the process. We need a Constitutional amendment to protect the people since the SCOTUS failed us in the Kelo vs New London case in yet another 5-4 decision with Kennedy being the swing vote. To this day, the former Kelo property remains vacant with zero tax revenue generated.
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Old 01-05-2018, 05:03 AM   #13
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We hunt just up the pipe line from Bennett. Pipe is laid out on top of the ugly clear cut right now.

Sadly its mostly the hard working landowners getting the shaft. All to support the year round lush green lawns required by HOAs throughout the city. Instead of moving towards conserving water and reducing needs, they steal people's land with no sympathy.

Go Bennett!
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Old 01-05-2018, 06:30 AM   #14
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Eminent domain abuse will get worse as cities expand and urban sprawl overtakes rural areas. Trump's infrastructure reinvestment plans will accelerate the process. We need a Constitutional amendment to protect the people since the SCOTUS failed us in the Kelo vs New London case in yet another 5-4 decision with Kennedy being the swing vote. To this day, the former Kelo property remains vacant with zero tax revenue generated.
FWIW.........The city of Mesquite's attempt to annex parts of Kaufman County was rebuked recently. I was surprised by that given the trend.
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:03 AM   #15
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Sadly its mostly the hard working landowners getting the shaft. All to support the year round lush green lawns required by HOAs throughout the city. Instead of moving towards conserving water and reducing needs, they steal people's land with no sympathy.
The plan for Marvin Nichols reservoir is a perfect example.
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