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The chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, Barry Smitherman, spoke about the benefits of the Keystone pipeline at the energy conference hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership last weekend. In his speech, he mentioned the immense amount of profit possible from investment in the line. But who is making all the profit? Definitely not the landowner whose land is condemned so that a private company can install a hazardous pipeline for the transport of oil from tar sands in Canada. Whenever the issue of eminent domain has come up in relation to the Keystone XL pipeline or to energy expansion in general, the landowner’s rights have been swept under the rug.  The best way to fight for your rights is to know them (jmehcondemnation.com). Once we know our rights, protests against condemnation will evolve into civil litigation in favor of the landowner. But to get to this point, we must understand our rights as landowners in the face of eminent domain proceedings.

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