Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | July 20, 2009

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says National Parks Service planning to take additional 500 acres by eminent domain for Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania.

Did you know that the National Park Service announced in May that the federal government will condemn land from seven property owners for a Flight 93 memorial. The Park Service stated that it wanted to purchase the property but “these negotiations have been unsuccessful.”  However, the property owners dispute that good faith negotiations have taken place. 

The seven property owners own about 500 acres still needed for the site. The plans are for a $58 million, 2,200-acre permanent memorial and national park at the crash site near Shanksville, Pittsburgh. The U.S. Justice Department will file a complaint in federal court exercising the power of eminent domain to acquire the property.

Although I believe a memorial should be constructed on the hollowed grounds, I havedeep concerns over a new national park consisting of 2,200 acres of land.  Why is the federal government taking this much private land to build such a large public memorial?  I do not approve of taking this much private acreage by eminent domain for this purpose.


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