Keystone Pipeline Suit Won’t Be Heard by Texas High CourtLaurel Brubaker Calkins
TransCanada Corp.’s right to condemn land in Texas for its Keystone XL pipeline won’t be considered by the state’s highest court, which declined to hear one of the few remaining Texas cases challenging it.
The Texas Supreme Court today denied a request by Texas farmer Julia Trigg Crawford to review lower-court decisions letting TransCanada use eminent domain laws to install the oil pipeline across her land over her objections.
Crawford and other Texas farmers continue to fight TransCanada’s use of eminent domain, seeking damages or to force the Calgary-based company to remove the pipeline from their property. None of the challengers has prevailed and Crawford’s case is the second to be denied a hearing by the Supreme Court. Two farmers are still pressing their cases in other courts.
TransCanada is seeking a permit and route approval to start construction on the northern part of its 2,151-mile pipeline linking western Canadian oil tar sands with Texas refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. The southern leg, connecting Cushing, Oklahoma, and the coastal refineries, began service in January.
The case is The Crawford Family Farm Partnership v. TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, 13-0886, Supreme Court of Texas.