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Friday, January 30, 2009

Fighting for a Good Bill

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Rep. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, is trying to get a bill through the House Agricultural Committee that would limit the power of some pipeline companies to claim eminent domain.  It turns out some gas companies in the state are bullying property owners into allowing pipelines on their land by threatening to take it anyway.  It's a bit complicated, but basically the bill says that only common carriers (pipeline companies that install lines for public benefit, or to transport gas from state to state) can claim ED - not companies transporting gas for thier own private benefit, which is going on now. 

Chesapeake will no doubt argue that the bill would only benefit a small group of complainers.  I know that's not the case.  I've received numerous complaints about pipeline companies ruining land, waterwells, fences, etc.  If you've had trouble with this, or know someone who has, it is IMPERATIVE that you call your legislators and let them know that you support House Bill 1178.  The gas companies will be coming out against this in full force.  Spread the word.  Here's the number for the House: 501-682-6211.  If you don't know who your legislator is, they'll tell you.  

If your legislator happens to be on the Agricultural Committee, then it's even more important that you call them.  Here are the members of that committee.

Representative Roy Ragland
Representative Jerry Brown
Representative Curren Everett
Representative Gregg Reep
Representative Monty Davenport
Representative Mike Burris
Representative Bill Sample
Representative Robbie Wills
Representative Nathan George
Representative John Lowery
Representative Robert Moore
Representative Joan Cash
Representative Lance Reynolds
Representative Jim House
Representative Bryan King
Representative Mike Patterson
Representative Terry Rice
Representative Robert Dale
Representative Monty Betts
Representative Jim Nickels 


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