Watch this excellent 40-minute documentary, Twelve Hundred Acres, about Union Pacific Railroad (UPR) bully tactics using the power of eminent domain to take 2,200 acres of some of the richest farmland in the world. It's known as the Brazos river bottom and is near the little town of Mumford near Bryan, Texas.
The Brazos River Bottom is in a flood plain and is the watershed for the Brazos River. It also has some of the richest soils in the world, actually having been deemed the best soil in the world at the 1900 Paris Exposition, winning out over soil from the Nile River Valley. Seriously! In addition, the Brazos Alluvium, a shallow water aquifer that stretches from southern Bosque County to eastern Fort Bend County.
The “Big Ag” groups — where are they? We promise you they’ve been asked to help fight this project. However, one of them (you know which one, right?) said they “…can’t take sides…” and didn’t want to appear biased. Seriously!
Instead, the Brazos River Bottom Alliance (BRBA), an informal group of landowners, tenant farmers, small business owners, and residents of the Mumford community, has been fighting Union Pacific on their own for almost two years.
Here’s a quick slide show prepared by Kathleen Hubbard, one of the landowners helping to lead this important fight, that walks you through the tragic impact of this project to the people who own, make a living from, and live on this valuable farmland. We have a feeling you’ll be seeing and hearing more from Kathleen:
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