Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tarrant Regional Water District Pipeline in the "news" again

There's been a growing noise in Mansfield over the past several months...It's residents joining together to fight off the Tarrant Regional Water District.  The district well known for taking property for economic development and a $2.3 billion dollar pipeline.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram claims the pipeline will bring water to Dallas-Fort Worth, though the TRWD's own report on the IPL shows the water will be for Dallas.  Is there a new report somewhere?

A civil engineer whose property is in the cross-hairs presented an alternate plan that would impact less citizens (Hey, all you Trinity River Vision eminent domain victims - is this sounding familiar yet?) but the water district says no.  They say it will cost a million dollars more, though it sounds as if they have done no studies to determine that.  A million dollars...seriously? In water board money, that's chump change.  They spent $6 million on a lawsuit against Oklahoma.  And TRV is, at last count, almost a billion.

Below is Mary Kelleher's entire statement to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.   YOU should pay attention, because YOU could be next on their list.

 "When I listened to the residents in Mansfield tell their stories it sounded incredibly similar to the stories I have heard from other people devastated by eminent domain. Their stories sounded just like any average citizen being impacted by government; a litany of phone tag, unreturned calls, and empty promises of hope. I don't believe for one second the TRWD's claim they have chosen the best route for the pipeline. It is my opinion that once TRWD decides to take a property there is no room for discussion. I asked my fellow board members at the board meeting today to please arrange for a meeting with the Mansfield neighborhood but was told it may not be possible due to possible litigation. I don't hold out much hope for their situation, but they are a strong, community with great faith in God. May 2015 will be here soon enough and if this board doesn't do the right thing I have no doubt the people will vote to put directors on the TRWD Board who will."

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