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AG questions government’s authority of land seizure
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott April 22 called into question the federal Bureau of Land Management’s potential seizure of 90,000 acres of land that rightfully belong to Texas landowners.
Abbott is questioning the early stages of developing a plan -- known as a Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement -- to regulate the use of federal lands along a 116-mile stretch of the Red River.
Private landowners in Texas have owned, maintained, and cultivated this land for generations, according to Abbott. This issue is of significant importance to the state of Texas and its private property owners.
In a strongly worded letter to Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze, Attorney General Abbott said:
“I am deeply concerned about the notion that the Bureau of Land Management believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations. The BLM’s [Bureau of Land Management] newly asserted claims to land along the Red River threaten to upset long-settled private property rights and undermine fundamental principles -- including the rule of law -- that form the foundation of our democracy.
“Yet, the BLM has failed to disclose either its full intentions or the legal justification for its proposed actions. Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box.”
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