Another grass-roots group has sprung up in Texas in
opposition to the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor.
The group - Citizens For Responsible Government - is based
in Victoria, TX, a city of about 60,000 people located on Highway 59 north of
Corpus Cristi, TX.
Russell Pruitt, one of the group's founders, told "Land Line
Now" on XM Satellite Radio that he and his neighbors are in the path of one of
the proposed quarter-mile-wide corridors.
Pruitt said he learned a valuable lesson about the use of
eminent domain recently, when his brother-in-law lost land for an unrelated
"Virtually, he had no power. He didn't get full market value,
as always promised. The full market value was paid, but that was after
attorneys took their cut," Pruitt said. "What he received was a little more
than half (of full market value)."
If all goes according to plan, the Trans-Texas Corridor
would be built and maintained as toll roads by private companies.
- By Reed Black, staff