23 Aug '12, 6pm

Texas judge rules that TransCanada can seize land from a family farm

Texas judge rules that TransCanada can seize land from a family farm

The miniature Eiffel Tower of Paris, Texas. (Photo by KB35 .) Julia Trigg Crawford manages a farm in northeast Texas that’s been in her family since 1948. The 600-acre property sits on the Red River, near the city of Paris, famous for its replica Eiffel Tower topped with a red cowboy hat. It’s like a Texas stereotype come to life. Crawford’s property also sits directly between where TransCanada has some tar-sands oil and where it wants that oil to go. The southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline, which recently got a final approval , will cut through the northeastern part of Texas — as planned, through Crawford’s property. Crawford preferred that it not and rejected the company’s buyout offer. So TransCanada instead sought to seize the property through eminent domain. As described on the Crawford family website : They legally had the power to do this because — and you’...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/texas-judge-rules-that-transcanada-...

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