Dodgers Pitcher Sues Over Endangered Ocelots
Josh Beckett says pipeline builder destroyed its habitat on his land
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 17, 2012 3:52 PM CDT
This Sept. 13, 2012 file photo shows Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett throwing during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

(Newser) – Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett is suing a pipeline builder, claiming it destroyed the habitat of the endangered ocelot on his huge South Texas ranch. The lawsuit filed by the pitcher's Beckett Ventures Inc. says Eagle Ford Midstream LP violated the federal Endangered Species Act by clearing land to build a natural gas pipeline.

The suit says the pipeline company was awarded eminent domain on land owned by Beckett Ventures and falsely told the US Fish & Wildlife Service that it wasn't suitable habitat for the endangered wild cat. Beckett himself says he has seen the animal and its tracks on the 7,000-acre spread. His company claims the pipeline builder engaged in "willful destruction" by clearing the land, even after an alternative route was proposed, reports the LA Times.

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Oct 17, 2012 6:41 PM CDT
Someone is mad about eminent domain
Oct 17, 2012 6:28 PM CDT
Thanks Josh, people need to stand up in situations like this and you have. And eminent domain needs to be gotten rid of completely, if this is supposedly a "free" country how can we call it free you can have your land taken against your wishes? And don't anybody say "well they pay you" because money isn't the issue, as a way of some people maybe understanding that money isn't the issue how about the government takes photo albums of your family, maybe the only ones left of your dead kin and they pay you a "fair" payment? Is that ok? No? Well, it's the same for any property. Or your Dad's wedding ring or the flag they gave a mother who lost her son at war. Property is property and if someone says no then it doesn't get taken or sold.
Oct 17, 2012 5:40 PM CDT
The idea of eminent domain is archaic and needs to be done away with all together.