The Fifth Amendment states that private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation. In the past ten years, massive restructuring of the eminent domain rules to protect owners has occurred with 47 states. Nine years ago, Executive Order 13406 was issued by President George W. Bush, stating: “It is the policy of the United States to protect the rights of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken.” However, it is the right of the states to make their own decisions about what qualifies as public use.
Kinder Morgan Pipeline Leak, AK
396 GA Landowners at Risk
Kinder Morgan Proposed Palmetto Pipeline
5th Amendment of the United States Constitution
How Can I protect Myself?
- Do not allow your land to be surveyed.
If you allow an interested party to commence surveys on your property then you are at risk of losing your property. However, by refusing to allow a party interested in your property to conduct surveys of your property, you will minimize the risk of losing your land.
- Imperative that you attend DOT Public Hearing April 21st.
- Join with other property owners affected by the Kinder Morgan proposal to voice your concerns to the your state and local officials. You will find all contact information in the How to Stop the Palmetto Pipeline Brief.