On T Boone Pickens Energy Plan AKA MESA Water-THIS from a scummy corporate raiderSomervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas

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On T Boone Pickens Energy Plan AKA MESA Water-THIS from a scummy corporate raider

31 July 2008 at 12:07:55 PM

Running discussion in this household about T Boone Pickens. For me, he will always be a rapacious disreputable corporate raider who has tried to do water grabs and sell WATER for gosh sakes to Dallas (MESA).  (Also, see this on how he stacked the water district). So, imagine that you're a corporate raider type who has these big ole plans to sell water to Dallas but you can't get the people, dang it, who live in the WAY, ie, are land owners, to give up rights for you to make a water transmission pipe all the way to... Dallas. What do you do? Well, take a look at this link and video.

In fact, as the video says, the REAL reason for his stuff appears to be his water company.

the reason that Picken’s Mesa Power is spending $2 billion to build the transmission capacity to bring their wind-generated electricity to market probably has little to do with public regulators being slow as Pickens implied in a radio interview and everything to do with another of Pickens' companies.

Pickens has long pumped water from the Ogallala Aquifer through his company Mesa Water, but has recently formed an itsy-bitsy eight acre water district (populated not coincidentally by people firmly in Pickens’ pocket) which will finance the construction of a $2.2 billion water pipeline running into the the Dallas-Ft Worth metro area from the Panhandle. Electric transmission will run above this.

Up until last year this wouldn’t have been possible under Texas law, but during the last session of the state legislature a new law was passed which allows renewable and clean-coal energy projects to obtain public rights of way by piggybacking on a fresh water district’s ability to claim land for water pipelines—by eminent domain if necessary. A water transmission pipeline can be built underground and the transmission lines can run above it.

In doing this Pickens can reduce the time required for permitting and obtaining rights of way, reducing his exposure to regulatory risk, and potential save a good deal of money in the process. And in the end hopefully create a healthy profit for himself.

Oh, and people's property WILL be taken or parts used for HIS pipeline.

Eminent domain raises concerns along the route
It seems quite efficient really, but the thought of land being seized through eminent domain raises people’s hackles like little else. Last month residents along the route received letters explaining that their lands may be disturbed.

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