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The use of eminent domain to condemn property for pipelines has become an increasingly controversial practice. Critics claim that it undermines private property rights and causes environmental damage. Defenders argue it is essential to enable effective exploitation of the nation's energy resources. In recent months, Georgia and South Carolina have passed new legislation limiting pipeline condemnations, an effort backed by a coalition of conservative property rights advocates and left of center environmentalists. Similar reforms have been proposed in many other states. This forum examined the growing controversy over pipeline takings.
- Prof. Alexandra Klass, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota Law School
- Prof. Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University