I believed in America, and I believed in our Constitutional rights. I thought the government would protect us from this kind of thing. I could not have been more wrong. I believe now that it is possible for a private company to hijack our Constitution, exploit regulatory loopholes, and effectively destroy the American dream. Further, the company believes it can too. The fact that they are working so hard spending money on mailings, providing expensive buffet lunches at the capitol during the legislative session, hiring the governor's former law firm where his son still works, paying what appears to be a corporate shill of a "labor union" to lobby for them, and hiring call centers to spread misinformation throughout the state shows that the company too believes it can take your rights. It will take your rights if you don't stop them.
The would-be builders of the Bluegrass hazardous liquids pipeline are deliberately misleading the public on this project. Our contacts at the capitol's call center report that they are getting slammed with calls today from people from all over the state supporting Keystone XL and Bluegrass Pipeline and the jobs it would supposedly bring.
The callers are being told by the company representatives that the Bluegrass Pipeline is part of Keystone XL--which is completely false. Reportedly, the companies are allegedly paying telemarketers to contact Kentuckians and facilitate calls to the capitol. They are telling people that Obama has approved Keystone, which is not accurate.
Although we know people are being lied to in an effort to coerce them into supporting the pipeline (and this should be a crime) it may influence the opinions of legislators who have not taken the time to really investigate this matter. Further, it is keeping legitimate callers from getting through. One of our contacts had to call FOUR times just to get through. This obstruction of justice must be stopped.
House Bill 31 is scheduled to be voted on by the full House this Monday, March 10. Everyone needs to call 1-800-372-7181 and 564-8100 and ask that all House members receive a message that House Bill 31 should be supported without any floor amendments and that this bill is about protecting landowners from the exercise of eminent domain by private companies and is NOT about jobs!
Please call and forward this message to your contacts. Share with family, friends, co-workers, and organizations you are a part of. If we do not act and send a clear message to Frankfort, the precedent for private companies that are not providing service to the public to take your home and property rights will be set!
Kentucky needs your help now to protect property rights! House Bill 31 is scheduled to be voted on by the full House this Monday, March 10. Everyone needs to call 1-800-372-7181 and (502) 564-8100 and ask that all House members receive a message that House Bill 31 should be supported without any floor amendments and that this bill is about protecting landowners from the exercise of eminent domain by private companies and is NOT about jobs!