PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) -- Both of Colorado's U.S. senators are backing a measure that would bar the Army from using eminent domain to expand its Pinon Canyon training site.
Republican Senator Wayne Allard said today that he introduced the proposal to eliminate fears that the Army could force landowners to sell land in order to expand the site in southeastern Colorado. Democratic Senator Ken Salazar said he supports the proposal.
The Army has promised to only buy land from willing sellers, but area ranchers have been fighting the site's expansion partly because they fear the Army could break that promise.
Ranchers fighting the proposed expansion are selling land by the square inch, for $10 per square-inch plot, to raise money for their legal battle.
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