Scores of Grimes County residents fighting against Texas Central Partners (T.C.P.) proposed land grab have gained yet another ally, as the Texas A&M University student senate has joined in the battle against this use of imminent domain.
Both proponents and dissenters of the controversial rail line spoke during discussions at its most recent session. One of those for the project was the North Texas Commission’s Drew Campbell, touting the benefits businesses in Houston and Dallas would experience.
And among the voices testifying to the senate in opposition, was Grimes County Judge Ben Leman.
Debuking T.C.P.’s claim that the line would decongest roads in the big cities, Judge Leman reasoned anyone who would use the rail line would still need to drive to the terminal, only becoming a part of the very problem it proposed to solve.
But it was leman’s revelations of the suffering the project would inflict on county ag producers that seemed the most compelling, because they would be wind up with land that would not only be worth less, but would be increasingly difficult to access, as well.