District Court Order Grants Motion for Texas General Land Office to Intervene in TPPF Lawsuit Against Bureau of Land Management

From the Texas Public Policy Foundation Press Release, by CAROLINE ESPINOSA,  March 25, 2016 

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Government Taking of Private Homesteads

AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) issued the following statement from the Honorable Robert Henneke, general counsel and director of TPPF’s Center for the American Future, on the federal District Court’s Order granting the Texas General Land Office’s motion to intervene in Aderholt, et al. v. Bureau of Land Management, et. al. TPPF’s Center for the American Future is representing individual property owners, the counties of Wichita, Clay, and Wilbarger, and the Clay County Sheriff in the lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) unconstitutional and arbitrary seizure of thousands of acres of private property along the Red River in Texas.

“As recognized by the Court through its granting of the Texas General Land Office’s (GLO) Motion to Intervene, the implications of BLM’s land grab along the Red River are much broader than the interests of the individual land owners,” said Henneke. “Not only do BLM’s actions infringe upon the private property rights of our Clients, they also threaten mineral interests managed by GLO that are dedicated to funding public education. While the Federal Defendant have done nothing but attempt to obstruct and delay resolution of this dispute, the Court has consistently found that a dispute exists that is ripe for adjudication.”

To read the order, please visit: http://txpo.li/Order-Granting-GLO-Motion

The federal government is attempting to take thousands of acres of Texas land from homeowners and ranchers along the Red River. According to the Bureau of Land Management, the land is inside the river and is therefore public land. However, the south bank of the river is about a mile north of where the government says it is. Furthermore, many Texans live on that land, and many others make their livelihoods from farming and ranching on it. These Texans have lived and paid taxes on the land for generations, and they have titles and deeds going back to the 1800’s.

For more information on the dispute and lawsuit please visit: www.RedRiverPropertyRights.com

To schedule an interview with Mr. Henneke, please contact Caroline Espinosa at cespinosa@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700.

The Honorable Robert Henneke is General Counsel and Director of the Foundation’s Center for the American Future.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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