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Video Compilation from Chris Bell's Whistlestop at Palestine, Texas- Texas State Railroad

31 July 2006 at 10:18:55 PM

My impressions and cuts from some footage taken on Saturday. I didn't realize until I watched this to edit it that Todd Staples is FROM PALESTINE and that he had tried to flood that area.

During the just-finished special session of the Texas Legislature, Rep.
Chuck Hopson (D-Jacksonville) made a last-gasp attempt to address the state railroad's problem. He introduced a bill that would have
appropriated $500,000 in general revenue funds to keep the railroad
operating through August 2007.

Hopson, whose district includes Rusk, said the special appropriation
would give local leaders more time to come up with a plan.

Also, it would keep the railroad on track during the 2007 session of
the Texas Legislature, when supporters of increased funding of state
parks hope to make some headway in garnering more money for all state parks.

Hopson's bill went nowhere.

Of course, all these machinations over the fate of the railroad are
moot if a controversial reservoir is constructed in East Texas.

Fastrill Reservoir, being pushed primarily as a water supply for
Dallas, would be built astride the Neches River.

The reservoir would destroy more than 25,000 acres of forest ? an area
being considered for a national wildlife refuge. It also would drown
much of the railroad.

Last year, the Texas Senate passed a resolution expressing its support
for creation of Fastrill Reservoir.

The resolution was introduced by Staples.

Let's also not forget that Staples is the primary pusher of the Trans Texas Corridor. Seems that both Staples and Henserling don't care about the citizens in their area-willing to ignore any type of wildlife refuge as well as take land away from private citizens. VOTE THEM OUT!

Local Representative Chuck Hopson (D-Jacksonville) has strongly supported the wildlife refuge and what he calls “the legacy” of East Texas.

“The Neches River National Wildlife Refuge would preserve and protect the beautiful land along the Neches River,” Hopson said. “The alternate proposal for that land, the Fastrill Reservoir, does not protect our land; instead, it uses eminent domain to take away land rights and water rights from East Texans.”

Staying Neutral

But not all local politicians have expressed support of the refuge. State Senator Todd Staples (R-Palestine) and U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX 5th) have taken steps to halt the creation of the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge, though both are quick to explain that they merely want all avenues explored before any lasting decision is made.

“I requested that Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton temporarily postpone the irreversible decision of designating the area as a National Wildlife Refuge pending the completion of a feasibility study of the Lake Fastrill Reservoir,” Hensarling said. “I want to ensure that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service consider all options and all opinions before any irreversible action is taken.”

Hensarling has taken a neutral stance, insisting that he believes the final decision, “whether to build a refuge, build a reservoir, both, or neither, ought to be made by the people of Anderson and Cherokee Counties.”

As a conservative, Hensarling said he is concerned with private ownership, and despite his neutrality on the topic, the congressman did concede that a reservoir would result in the loss of land by private owners.

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