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Texas judge lifts stop-work order on TransCanada oil pipeline

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HOUSTON (AP) — TransCanada can resume oil pipeline work on a private Texas property for now, a judge said Thursday, at least until a hearing next week meant to determine whether the product the company wants to transport is in fact crude oil.

Judge Jack Sinz initially issued an order Friday in Nacogdoches County Court halting work through next week on the Keystone XL pipeline on property owned by Michael Bishop in Douglass, Texas. But TransCanada requested a separate court date to lift the temporary restraining order, and Sinz scheduled a hearing for Thursday, where he lifted the restrictions.

TransCanada had been clearing areas of Bishop’s land to begin construction. Spokesman Shawn Howard said work is unlikely to begin before Wednesday’s hearing, which will also address TransCanada’s counterclaim that Bishop has breached his contract to build its pipeline on his property.

Bishop, meanwhile, vowed to fight on, one of many Texas landowners battling TransCanada’s plan to build a pipeline to transport Canadian tar sands oil to Gulf Coast refineries.



  1. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 14th, 2012

    Mr. Bishop. Please STFU and go away. TransCanada paid a hefty sum, TO YOU, for the easement on your property. You cashed the check. NOW you’re indignant?

    SCOTUS ruled in the case Ashwander v. Tennessee Valley Authority that a person that benefits from a gov’t program cannot sue to find that program unconstitutional. Mr. Ashwander received his electricity from the TVA.

    I think there’s precedent here to tell Mr. Bishop to go pound tar sands.

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  2. Jack Daniels

    December 14th, 2012

    Canada; The new Iran?

    Wait, that can’t be, obama loves the middle eastern (Israel notwithstanding) countries…so what then, we’re too damn neighborly for him?

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