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To eminent domain or not to? That is the question

In Penn Township, Pennsylvania, residents and town officials recently have been using a phrase that some think consists of dirty words: eminent domain. With 15 properties affected by an upcoming road project, the town has hired a service to appraise the needed portion of land and negotiate with the homeowners on the township's behalf.

Gas, oil companies claiming eminent domain powers

Oil and gas companies are being allowed in locations across the country to take private properties through the power of eminent domain, even though they are private industries. Eminent domain generally is reserved for the taking of land for the public good.

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