I support pipelines that go through other people’s land

William S. Morris III owns a few newspapers in Georgia and those newspapers are very much for building the Keystone pipeline:

This project is too important to let die. American energy independence and job creation – real, honest, private-sector job creation – is worth fighting for.

Send Obama a Keystone bill each week and let him veto. Let the historical record show just how cultishly – and foolishly – devoted he is to the left’s most radical fringes.

If someone intentionally set out to hurt American energy interests – 70 percent of Keystone oil would stay in the United States – he couldn’t do a better job than Obama is doing now.

The president’s pettiness toward our closest ally’s $5 billion project is, as House Speaker John Boehner remarked after the veto, “a national embarrassment.”

Obviously that’s more important than some landowner’s rights, so obviously they would also be for a pipeline through Georgia:

Zipperer, 60, is one of many Southern landowners challenging the nation’s largest energy infrastructure company, Kinder Morgan, as it plans to run a petroleum pipeline through 360 miles of bottom land, river forests and freshwater coastal wetlands across South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

The pipeline’s opponents argue it represents an unconstitutional use of eminent domain and an environmental threat.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, entered the fray May 7, announcing that the state would fight the $1-billion project in court. The Georgia Department of Transportation rejected the pipeline plan May 19, declaring it would not serve a public need.

The dispute is one of a growing number of skirmishes over pipelines nationwide. With the U.S. producing more oil and gas than it has in decades, private companies are clamoring to build new transportation infrastructure, said Alexandra Klass, a professor who specializes in energy law at the University of Minnesota.

One of two pipelines being proposed in Georgia, the Palmetto pipeline is particularly contentious because it would cross land owned by the state’s House majority leader, Jon Burns, and a local media tycoon, William S. Morris III, who owns newspapers in Augusta, Savannah and Jacksonville, Fla.

But they certainly wouldn’t be so obvious as to run an editorial against it, would they? I kid:

Suppose a Georgia corporation went to Texas seeking state authority to take thousands of acres of private property to build a pipeline whose primary economic beneficiaries were outside the Lone Star State.

How long do you suppose Texans would put up with that?

Probably not as long as Georgians have put up with Houston-based Kinder Morgan’s plan to use eminent domain authority to plow through 210 miles of Peach State land to build its proposed Palmetto Pipeline.

The Belton, S.C.-to-Jacksonville, Fla., petroleum pipeline crosses nearly 400 private tracts of property in Georgia as it winds its way along the Savannah River and the coast to north Florida.

In places where Kinder Morgan and property owners can’t agree on one-time payments for permanent use of a 50-foot wide strip, it plans to seize the property through Georgia Department of Transportation-sanctioned condemnation.

That’s where defenders of private-property rights have to draw the line.

This page has supported eminent domain in rare cases involving public utility construction or major national importance, such as the Keystone XL pipeline. The Palmetto Pipeline, on the other hand, has demonstrated no positive benefits to Georgia – certainly none positive enough to warrant eminent domain.

So not allowing a pipeline built by a Canadian company is a national embarrassment, but it’s fine to mess with Texas? Got it.

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