Billionaire begins to obtain easements
Cecil Martin is none too pleased at the prospect of losing part of his home in the Texas Panhandle to make way for billionaire T. Boone Pickens' water and wind energy projects. ..."The state of Texas has for over 100 years authorized the use of eminent domain to permit the common necessities of life, water, electricity, telephone service, oil and gas for use in the big cities," said Humble, Pickens' attorney.
Until last year, though, the wind project couldn't not have been included in the process of obtaining rights of way.
Lawmakers in the last legislative session voted to allow renewable and clean-coal energy projects to piggyback obtaining rights of way with a district like the one Pickens formed last year to "construct, maintain, and operate transmission lines."
May 16, 2008
by Associated Press
in Valley Morning Star
Cecil Martin is none too pleased at the prospect of losing part of his home in the Texas Panhandle to make way for billionaire T. Boone Pickens' water and wind energy projects.
Depending on the precise location of the outer most marker of the easement being sought by Pickens' projects, the 68-year-old Martin said, he'd have one less room in his Gray County home.
"They'll either get the kitchen or the front porch," he said. "Take your pick."
Representatives of the oil and investment tycoon last month sent letters to about 1,100 landowners along a proposed 250-mile path through 11 Panhandle and Central... [continue via Web link]