Restrict eminent domain

If approved, the LNG pipeline project would be a brazen misuse of eminent domain, which was historically used for “public good” projects like highways or schools. The public and private pipeline land seizures would be used to help sell Canadian natural gas to Asia for corporate gain, neither for public use nor for any other lasting public good.

Generations of Oregonians paid taxes that kept these pristine lands, watersheds, streams and rivers protected. The massive 100-foot-wide pipeline path would devastate these waterways, all in the name of profits for energy interests with lobbying influence.

Eminent domain was supposed to be applied only if it improved things for the American people, not for company profits. New legal protections must be enacted at the local level, thru a Community Bill of Rights measure that’s protected from corrupt state/federal structures of law.

This measure could ensure that eminent domain is held in check at the county level, immune from state/federal pre-emption. It would only be allowed for real public improvements, not for foreign or domestic corporations with money and political influence.

To learn about taking back local control in America, come watch “We the People 2.0.” the meetings and screening are from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the Ashland Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., and at the Medford Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 6.

Patrick McDonald