On May 27, 2019, after countless hours of negotiations, the Texas Legislature still couldn't reach an agreement over protecting landowner rights in Eminent Domain. Legislators pledge to keep it at the top of their list in future sessions.
In an effort to improve climate change, a Houston based oil & gas exploration and Production Company (OXY) is designing the first "Direct Air Capture" plant in the Permian Basin. The purpose is to remove harmful carbon dioxide from the sky and inject it into the ground which would in turn assist with oil production. This facility will be based somewhere in West Texas. According to (OXY), they expect to start development by 2021 and is expected to be in production by 2023.
Eminent domain is a term that keeps coming up in the news but what does it mean? The power of eminent domain is the taking of private property by public entities, without the consent of the landowner. The process of eminent domain is called condemnation. Public entities include the city, county, state or federal government as well as private companies. These entities are referred to as condemning authorities.
The federal government is utilizing its eminent domain power to seize land for the U.S./Mexico border wall. U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to build thirty-three miles of barrier in Starr County and Hidalgo County. They have started notifying landowners in these counties of the government's plans to take the land.