Judge to rule on landowner's restraining order vs. TransCanada

Feb 23, 2012

PARIS - Environmentalists who oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline are again planning to converge on the Lamar County Courthouse Friday in support of Julie Triggs Crawford.

The continuation of a hearing between the landowner and TransCanada is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Last Friday, roughly 100 individuals arrived to protest their displeasure with the Calgary-based company, who wants to build a 1,700 mile pipeline carrying tar sands crude oil from the Canadian border down through East Texas to refineries along the Gulf Coast. 

Crawford has sought a temporary restraining order to prevent the company, TransCanada, from beginning any construction or digging on her property until issues of legal jurisdiction are decided. Lamar County Court-at-Law Judge Bill Harris granted a temporary restraining order  this month prohibiting TransCanada from making any use of Crawford’s land until the issue can be decided. TransCanada went to court last Friday to have the restraining order dissolved, and the judge said he would take the issue under advisement.