But by that standard, then there is really no restraint on the use of eminent domain for any private purpose at all. My mother in law owns a small piece of commercial property on a corner that, 10 years after she bought the place, turns out to be directly across a planned major new shopping and entertainment complex. Whose decision should it be to sell that property to, e.g. Best Buy? Hers or the local county commission - maybe the state legislature?Secondly, jurisdictions don't agree to do this for no benefit to their community. They gain revenue from leases and taxes for the life of the pipeline, which is around 30 to 40 years, and in many of the jurisdictions, they gain employment which also generates wealth for individuals in the communities and economic activity and tax revenue that springs from that employment.
OK, so if the Tennessee state legislature decides some farm outside Lenoir City would make a great place for a manufacturing plant, it's fine if they pass a law giving the private entity the power of eminent domain to seize that farm. I just don't agree.I appreciate that you may think politicians are utter idiots, and some are, but I don't know of a single politician who would agree to such a project without garnering some benefit to the community they serve. Don't you find it strange, if you believe what you post, that politicians in all the jurisdictions directly affected approve of this project and a large majority of the populations in the affected jurisdictions approve this project, but those who aren't directly affected, perhaps like those in Tennessee or Hollywood, don't approve of the project?