The Texan Gov. Rick Perry warned the federal Bureau of Land Management to stay away from Texas over concerns that it may be looking to claim thousands of acres of land in the northern part of the state.
Perry told reporters “Not only does the federal government already own too much land, the feds are out of control.”
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“At issue are thousands of acres of land on the Texas side of the Red River, along the border between Texas and Oklahoma. Officials recently have raised concern that the BLM might be looking at claiming 90,000 acres of land as part of the public domain,” the report states.
However, any potential action would reportedly be years away as the federal government is only in the preliminary review phase. Further, the BLM claims it is “not expanding Federal holdings along the Red River.”
The statement refers to a 1986 federal court case in which Texas landowner Tommy Henderson lost 140 acres to the BLM. Now he claims the agency is using that court decision as precedent to claim more land.
“It’s not a dare, it’s a promise that we’re going to stand up for private property rights in the state of Texas,” Perry said.