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Land War Brewing In North Texas?

The federal Bureau of Land Management is in its early stages of developing a resource management plan regulating the use of land along the Red River which divides Texas and Oklahoma.

"It appears to us the B.L.M. is trying to take land that they do not have right to. They're infringing on the various landowners on the north ends of Wichita, Wilbarger and Clay counties," said Wood Gossom, Wichita County Judge.  

Gossom said with the help from the state of Texas they are making their case to preserve land owners rights.

"They're trying to reinterpret how that boundary is drawn maybe using a little bit different formula or a little difference reference points that's in their own documents,” said Gossom.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott stated his opinion in a letter to the B.L.M. Director.

AG LETTER TO BLM DIRECTOR

“I am deeply concerned about the notion that the Bureau of Land Management believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations.”

Judge Gossom said the B.L.M. study is expected to last two years, but they're not going to wait and see what happens.

“We may have a chance to slow their efforts down and not have them take away land that has been in families for a long time," said Gossom.

Now it’s just a waiting game to see who maintains over 90,000 acres of land.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6 
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