David Griggs, Farmers Branch, TX “You know the facts of a foreign company using and abusing our laws to sell a product to another foreign company. The objective of the special commissioners is to make sure the fair market value of that land is given to that landowner. And to be in that process, the landowner whose land is being taken has to present appraisal to compete with the state’s appraisal and in many cases higher an attorney to present his or her case. That’s not happening in East Texas. Right now there are a number of people who were threatened by the foreign companies to give up their land, who were not aware of the process and therefore didn’t have that opportunity. Others who had the opportunity didn’t have the economic means to fight back. With regards to pipelines… this is a broken system. When you talk to your colleagues, remind them of the common folks who are being abused by the system.”

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