Kelo v. Drill, Baby, Drill!
Two pipeline companies are seeking the clout of eminent domain. While the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has yet to rule, it signaled this year that it was leaning toward giving firms condemnation power to gain rights-of-way for their pipelines.
Many years ago, I penned a legal defense of the Kelo decision. Many "conservatives" claimed outrage over the decision. My defense was largely premised on the court's adherence to existing precedent that gave deference to the elected branches of government, especially, State and local government, on issues of purely local concern. The "conservatives" claimed that the "violation" of private property rights made the issue one of Constitutional concern. We'll see what they say now.
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