Appeals Court: Condemnation for Texas Pipeline OK 8/28/13
TEXARKANA, Texas - A Texas appeals court has upheld a lower-court
ruling that allows the developer of the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline to
condemn Northeast Texas farm land for pipeline right of way.
In a 29-page ruling handed down Tuesday, the 6th Texas Court of Appeals in
Texarkana ruled unanimously that a Lamar County court-at-law judge was within
his authority to allow TransCanada to condemn the right of way.
In a statement, landowner Julia Trigg Crawford says she will appeal the
ruling to the Texas Supreme Court.
TransCanada plans for the Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil from Canadian
tar sands to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. Crawford had argued that TransCanada
trampled her property rights and that the project could harm Caddo Indian
artifacts on her farm.