I have to say that even I found his refusal to move strange.
That just makes it an even more compelling point: when, or more accurately, why, should the government be able to take a person's property and give it to another individual, or, in this case, a company?
Obviously, there needs to be some sort of balance. If a 1000 kilometer highway has to stop because someone refuses to sell the property that the road passes through, should the government have the power to confiscate it? What if the company just wants it? Is profit a factor, or do the rights of an individual not have a dollar sign attached?