WALLER COUNTY (FOX 26) - Those who live in very rural Waller County know their serenity is at stake. The signs posted along 1488 make that very clear.
Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis says, "people that have moved here said this is their peace of heaven and they want to keep it that way. "
A proposed map of the high speed rail line from Dallas to Houston cuts right over land on 1488 at Hegar Road in the Field Store Community.
Prosecutors say it's where a private company called Terracon, a contractor for Texas central rail, asked Waller County Commissioners to dig and take soil samples for the proposed rail line.
Investigators say after commissioners told Terracon no according to these surveillance photos, the company did it anyway. Assistant D.A. Elizabeth Dorsey says they were caught red handed.
She says, "It shows that if they can't be trusted."
Now, the county has authorized their District Attorney to go after the Kansas based company by any means necessary. Which means a $10,000 fine and believe it or not the county wants its dirt back.
Mathis says, "they've directed me to seek the return of actual soil samples, and ask for damages. "
So far we have not heard back from Terracon where we left a request for a response on this issue.