Archive for August, 2014

Eminent Domain Pipeline Reform – Listen up Railroad Commission!

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The Railroad Commission recently promulgated rule changes to supposedly reform the process for pipeline companies to receive the power to seize private property through eminent domain.

Remember the "T-4" form at the Railroad Commission (RRC) that allows a pipeline company to claim common carrier status by simply checking a box? This is what gave them the power to seize Julia Trigg Crawford's, David Holland's and thousands of others' land -- against their will. They're running tar sands crude over hundreds of East Texas water ways. They're running other high pressure and dangerous Liquified Natural Gas pipelines, like the one within 50 feet of Isom Ramsey's door in Beaumont. (More here on our website).

What's that you say? The RRC will reform itself when pigsfly.
We know, but do it anyway!

For background, read this helpful piece from the Star-Telegram newspaper and visit the Eminent Domain section on this website here.

We, the people, must continue to assert our rights to local control. Eminent domain can now be used to seize private land for water pipelines too, y'all!

For upcoming events keep checking our calendar right here. If there isn't something going on where you are, let us know and we'll help make something happen!

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What Local Control Looks Like

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  • Great showing last night in the most watched local control battle over groundwater in Texas, Lost Pines!
  • Thanks to the good folks of Lee County, we have our very first chapter of the League. We need 100 more!
  • Our conference call this Saturday at 9 am will focus on how to build for local control. Reply for conference instructions.

Mark your calendars!

  • Wed., September 10, 7 pm. The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District will make a decision (they put it on hold last night) on the End Op, LP water grab on September 10th in Bastrop.Y'all come! Spread the word from here about it. Pack the house again!
  • Mon-Tues, September 15-16. Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Conference, Bastrop Convention Center. More here.  We especially encourage you to attend the water panel that League Board Member, Michele Gangnes will be on. Reserve now!IMG_0164
  • Here is Henry Urban and Andy Meyer, Paige landowners, at Mayer Auctions last Saturday. We're also seeing local businesses carrying our signs and helping out with signatures. Thank you all and keep it up!

We also thank Lee County Judge Paul Fischer and Giddings Mayor John Dowell for joining us at our meetings recently. We hope to see more local officials stepping up!

Folks, this is what local control looks like. Want a little bit of it? Be on the call this Saturday!

Think about 10,000 organized independent voters in Texas -- to help us reach the 5-6 million who currently identify as independents but have no way of making their voices heard. That's the ticket, if you want to shake up Texas.

There's lots more to tell you, but we'll wait for Saturday. Or, anytime, just give us a call and we'll be there.

P.S. Thanks to the many people who signed up this week. Now each one, reach one! Keep those new members a comin'!

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Important Updates!

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A hearty welcome to all you new folks joining the League of Independent Voters of Texas and/or signing our petition!

The League holds conference calls every other Saturday at 9 am. Our next one is on Saturday, August 16th, at 9 a.m. (not tomorrow) Topic: A full report on of the items below.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS!

BASTROP & LEE COUNTIANS SHOW UP FOR THIS! Next Wednesday, Aug. 13, 7 pm, Bastrop Convention Center: For well over a year, landowners of Lee and Bastrop counties have been seeking a voice to stop water marketer, EndOp, L.P., from a raid on their groundwater. Finally, they will get a chance to state their case at the same time the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District deliberates on EndOp’s permit application to pump 46,000 acre-feet-per year of Lee and Bastrop counties’ groundwater. Here's a flier you can print and post or share if from our events page here. More details from Environmental Stewardship.

Lee County Forms League of Independent Voters Chapter!

FIRST LEAGUE CHAPTER FOUNDED -Yeehaw! We had a smashing success last night in Giddings with the founding of first chapter of the League of Independent Voters! Thanks to all the attendees and new members. Special thanks the organizers (Gary & Dorothy Gerdes, Henry Urban and Michele Gangnes) AND to Lee County Judge Paul Fischer and Giddings Mayor John Dowell for sharing and listening!

MARVIN NICHOLS RESERVOIR: A hearing in Austin on Thursday gave the folks who've been fighting the long-opposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir some glimmer of hope that the Texas Water Development Board might be listening. Still, it's not clear that they're willing to tell Dallas, a well-known water hog, they must conserve first before preying on their neighbor's land and water! Read this from the Texarkana Gazette.(This will be be the subject of our conference call on Sept. 6.)

FARM AND RANCH FREEDOM ALLIANCE CONFERENCE. Sept. 15-16, Bastrop Convention Center. (Registration goes up Aug. 15).We at the League couldn't be more insistent on protecting our resources so that Texans can grow food as close to where they live as possible. Several of our leaders will be presenting at their yearly conference. We hope to see you all there! Click here for the conference lowdown.

The Little Things You Can Do:

  • Join the League here.
  • Sign our Petition and pass it on from here.

Like our Facebook page here.

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