Press Release From Government Land Office
Commissioner George P. Bush announced that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas has granted the General Land Office (GLO) Motion to Intervene in the lawsuit challenging the federal government’s unconstitutional seizure and arbitrary taking of private property owners’ and Texas Permanent School Fund (PSF) land along the Red River. The GLO filed the intervention in the current case brought by local affected residents against the blatant land grab by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Wichita Falls Division of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
“As a matter of principle, our standing in this lawsuit is clear: the Land Office has the responsibility to defend Texas’ mineral rights on behalf of our school children,” said Commissioner Bush. “As your Land Commissioner, this is a duty that I take very seriously. Texas constitutionally dedicates this land to the Permanent School Fund and the mineral interests benefit the public school children across our great state. Today’s announcement by the U.S. District Court validates our assertion that we must stand up to the BLM’s continued attempts to unlawfully take privately and publicly owned lands. When it comes to property rights, don’t mess with Texas. Ever.”