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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-10-13 12:31 AM
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TX woman having property taken by foreign company, eminent domain.
Edited on Thu Jan-10-13 01:23 AM by madfloridian
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That's seems to be what's happening in Texas right now. That's what Eleanor Fairchild was doing in October when she was arrested on her own property for protesting TransCanadas construction of its Gulf Coast tar-sands pipeline.

But she had been fighting this intrusion on her property for a while. This video was uploaded March 2011. Here is more from October this year when she and Darryl Hannah were arrested.">Texas grandmother arrested for trespassing on her own land to protest Keystone

Whos Eleanor Fairchild? No one youve heard of. The important part isnt who she is, its why she was arrested and where she was when it happened. Fairchild was arrested for trespassing. And when it happened, she was standing on her own property.

.."The pipeline being built is the last stretch of a connection from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. After the government signed off on construction, TransCanada moved quickly to secure right-of-way. In the process, it has faced strong resistance from landowners. Even some who signed lease deals with TransCanada believe the company misrepresented its intent. And when landowners wouldnt sign deals, TransCanada successfully persuaded Texas to seize private land for the project.

Thats exactly what happened to Fairchild. According to, Fairchild never signed a contract with the Canadian pipeline company, who, in turn, proceeded to expropriate her ranch through Texas lax eminent domain legal proceedings. In the eyes of the state of Texas, the land, condemned, isnt Fairchilds. Fairchild seems justifiably inclined to disagree.

Please note the company's statement about their arrest. They referred to out-of-state activists who were choosing to break the law.

It is unfortunate Ms. Hannah and other out-of-state activists have chosen to break the law by illegally trespassing on private property, David Dodson, a spokesman for TransCanada, said in an email. He also said protesters were putting their own safety and the safety of others at risk.

I know this has been written about here before, but I ran across this video of Eleanor Fairchild and her fight to keep her land. She mentions that 87 acres of her land will no longer be accessible to her.

Kudos to her for trying.

There is a good post in the comments section. Seems once again the world is watching.

We read about you in the big national papers in Sweden, Europe, and I think that you are such a brave woman!

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