‘Alarming & Disturbing’: Texas AG Abbott Slams BLM Over Potential Land Grab
Texas officials say that the Bureau of Land Management might be trying for a massive land grab along the Red River.
Read more background information below, via FoxNews.com:
At issue are thousands of acres of land on the Texas side of the Red River, along the border between Texas and Oklahoma. Officials recently have raised concern that the BLM might be looking at claiming 90,000 acres of land as part of the public domain.
The agency, though, argues that any land in question was long ago determined to be public property.
“The BLM is categorically not expanding Federal holdings along the Red River,” a BLM spokeswoman said in a written statement late Tuesday afternoon.
The spokeswoman referred to a 140-acre plot “determined to be public land in 1986” – an apparent reference to a 1986 federal court case. Breitbart.com, which reported Monday on the Texas land dispute, reported that a Texas landowner lost 140 acres to BLM in that case, and the agency is now using that decision as precedent to pursue more property.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott went “On The Record” to discuss the issue.
“This is alarming and disturbing because private property owners in Texas have owned this land that abuts up against the Red River for generations and they’ve cultivated it and they’ve produced off of it and now, seemingly out of the blue, the federal government is coming in and trying to seemingly stake a claim to what we think is private property owned by Texans,” Abbott said.
The attorney general accused the BLM of overreaching and possibly violating due process rights by claiming that the land belongs to the feds.
“This is just the latest symptom of what seems to be a federal government run amok that is messing in states’ rights, now messing in private property rights and from the very beginning of the founding of this country, this country was based upon the rule of law and private property rights, and for the federal government to trample both of those fundamental principles is just flat wrong,” he said.
So, what if the BLM does seize land from Texas?
“We will be seeing them in court because this is land that belongs to Texans, and we are going to be fighting for those Texans and their private property rights and the rule of law in a court of law, and we believe the courts will favor Texas in this fight,” he said.
Watch the full interview above.