The Big Conversation: As Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson prepare to meet later today with Tommy Henderson, the man who has become the face of the increasingly politicized spat between Texas and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Tribune’s Jim Malewitz has an exhaustive background story on the seeds of the conflict. Here are some excerpts:
Henderson, who is no fan of the BLM, said he’s happy with the attention on the issue. And because of his role in the dispute’s legal history, he has become a point man for those looking to clear up the confusion. He wants more Texas officials to first grasp the two centuries of litigation and changing geography rooted in the dispute. … “I think it’s very difficult to fully understand it,” he said. “To know how we got here, we kind of got to know where we’ve been.”
BLM officials say they understand local residents’ concerns. But, referencing a series of court opinions, the agency says the land in question belongs neither to Texas nor Oklahoma, regardless of who has used it. The lands “were at no time held in private ownership,” said Paul McGuire, an agency spokesman. He noted that the agency was not a party in any of the past litigation.
In 2000, Congress ratified the Red River Boundary Compact, which set the boundary as the vegetation line along the south bank of the Red River. Texas officials including [Greg]Abbott have asked the BLM why it doesn’t consider that as the property line. The answer is because the compact only set jurisdictional and political boundaries and had no impact on property lines. “I think that they don’t truly, totally understand everything that’s happening and what has happened,” said Henderson, who was appointed to the Texas commission that hashed out the compact, after reading Abbott’s initial news release on the issue.
4 thoughts on “BLM Says 116 Miles of Land Along Red River belongs neither to Texas nor Oklahoma”
We nevah had ah boundry wiffin that State o the othah State ovah there – an theh fore, that property ina betwixed them boundrys we nevah had – IS OURS
“BLM officials say they understand local residents’ concerns. But, referencing a series of court opinions, the agency says the land in question belongs neither to Texas nor Oklahoma, regardless of who has used it. The lands “were at no time held in private ownership,” said Paul McGuire, an agency spokesman. He noted that the agency was not a party in any of the past litigation.”
Yea and the agency is not a party to the American people, either! So go F**K yourself, you Communist entity! You have no business telling the us American people what we can and cannot do in our country, you illegal Cuban bastards!
and……The BLM doesnt own sh^t!
the government was given 10 miles square in DC..thats all they own..and lately we should consider thinking about pulling their lease on that!
JUDGE FROM FOX NEWS SAYS GOVT DOES NOT OWN ANY LAND INCLUDING BLM AND LAND GRABS ARE TOTALLY NOT LEGAL