TransCanada Corp. must temporarily stop work on part of its Keystone XL pipeline while a Texas judge evaluates a landowner’s challenge that the line was permitted to carry only crude oil, not bitumen obtained from Canadian oil sands.
Michael Bishop, who granted TransCanada an easement across his property in Nacogdoches County, obtained a temporary restraining order from Texas County Court at Law Judge Jack Sinz on Dec. 7. The order blocks the company from working on Bishop’s property for two weeks while allowing work on other sections of the pipeline to proceed.
“He’s saying we can’t transport anything but crude oil, which is what we’re primarily going to carry,” Tom Zabel, TransCanada’s lawyer, said in a telephone interview today. “We’re trying to get a hearing on Thursday to dissolve the order.”
“Under Texas law, TransCanada has been granted the legal authority to construct this pipeline. Construction has commenced on the property that is the subject of the temporary restraining order, and the product the Gulf Coast Pipeline will transport is crude oil. Mr. Bishop’s request does not impact overall construction, and we are on track to bring this pipeline into operation in late 2013.” – David Dodson, spokesman for Transcanada
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