Seizures of land and seizures of the heart. This week on StateImpact Texas, we looked at why a Texas town ran dry (and who could be next), how pipeline companies are using eminent domain to take over private land, and what a Masterpiece Theatre television show set in the past can teach us about the future. In case you missed any of them, here are the top five new stories from StateImpact Texas over the last week:
- Pipeline Companies Fight for Right to Take Property: A case before the Texas Supreme Court could have big consequences for landowners and pipeline companies.
- Could Other Texas Towns Run Dry Like Spicewood Beach? The Texas drought is throwing into question the usefulness of old distinctions between surface water and groundwater.
- Defending the Keystone XL Pipeline: We sat down recently to speak with Jim Prescott, a project representative for TransCanada, about the company’s views on the pipeline.
- What Downton Abbey Can Teach Us About the Future of Energy: While the show is an affectionate look at the past, it may actually tell us something about the future of energy and the best way to adapt to it.
- This Land Was Your Land, Now It’s Our Land: How the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline is using eminent domain to route the project through private property.