RKS Film: “Battle for The Heart of Texas”: Megacorp’s Destructive Power

The Earthx Film Festival running in Dallas Texas from 11-15 May presents” Battle for the Heart of Texas”. The battle may be fought in the heart of Texas from a geographic perspective but emotionally it affects the hearts of Texans proud landowners in mostly remote areas who see their property and hearts ripped asunder by Megacorp Kinder Moron ooops I mean Kinder Morgan. To give you a realistic perspective was it Richard Morgan who was CEO of Enron. A brilliant guiding light!

Kinder Morgan announces in September 2018 it is building a natural gas pipeline from the Permian basin to Houston and some of it is going through beautiful Hill Country in Texas. It is dropped like a bomb on unsuspecting citizens and politicians through a press release. There has been no public consultation prior to the announcement.  Armed with the power of Eminent Domain Megacorp Kinder Morgan has the power to expropriate property to build its pipeline. Such power would be denied to public agencies.

Consultations are announced by Kinder Morgan after its announcement but Texans in Hill Country complain no answers are being given and they are sent running around in circles by Kinder Morgan PR.

Kinder Morgan is accused by aggrieved Texans of setting lowball offers for land to be expropriated and meeting resistance with legal actions with huge costs to a landowner. So many are forced to settle.

It is not only a pipeline involved but compressor stations to propel the gas moving along the pipeline and those are huge facilities.

Hill Country prizes itself on its water supply and many residents use well water with some residents having their water supply contaminated by Kinder Morgan drilling The Texas Railway Commission cites Kinder Morgan for violations of contaminated drinking water and taking four days to notify state officials of the contamination. Many residents are still forced to drink bottled water. And the Texas Railway Commission members have 70% of their campaign costs paid by the oil and gas industry.

I could continue with the raping of Texan’s property rights but I think you get the message. The documentary puts you in the shoes of abused Texans and it will make you outraged and disgusted with Kinder Morgan and the Texan politicians that seem to have forgotten a sense of public duty towards the electorate.

Even assuming residents in Hill Country had been afforded due process just take a close look at what pipeline construction has done to land. Like a festering scar. Imagine it running through your property! Imagine a political system unresponsive to Texans. Quite frankly it is a disgrace.

Watch another festival film “Coextinction” dealing with the Transmountain Pipeline in Canada and you may conclude pipelines are a threat to human beings due to the destructive forces they spawn. You can see my review of that film here https://setthebarlifestyle.wordpress.com/2022/05/11/rks-film-coextinction-humanity-on-the-edge/?fbclid=IwAR1DPT8ka2AmMa_gxBztcwPuyF1JayximqZrfRNyfWqeOqRcin6b22Xe8Ek

You should be able to see this documentary virtually. Directed by John Brown.

RKS Film Rating 92/100,

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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