Keystone XL proceedes in Texas without permit

by TXsharon on February 16, 2012

in Tar Sands

They are taking people’s land and installing the Keystone XL pipeline in East Texas even without a permit.

Landowner Support Rally for Texans– “TransCanada- Don’t Mess with Texas”

This past Monday Julia Trigg Crawford, a landowner who resides near
Paris, Texas filed a restraining order against TransCanada to protect
her property. Upon asking for a standstill order while in negotiation
on her eminent domain case, TransCanada’s representatives balked
against her request saying they wanted to start trenching on her
property as early as March 1st.

TransCanada’s Keystone XL permit was denied by the president, so by what permit or authority does TransCanada have to take property or start a any kind of tar sand pipeline in Texas? TransCanada, despitethe denial of a permit continues to bully landowners. Groups are questioning this company’s right to take land via eminent domain. Ms. Crawford has challenged their common carrier status.

Julia’s case is emblematic of the struggle landowners are having across our state.

Tell this private, foreign company “Don’t Mess with Texas” this Friday in Paris at the courthouse or on the steps of the Capital in Austin. Send them a loud and clear message, “Don’t bully Texans, putting our land and our water at risk.” Stand with us Friday with your boots onbat one of these 2 locations. Put your boots on. Hold your Texas or American flag high. We stand with Texans. We stand with Americans against this kind of bullying by a private, foreign company who masquerades as a common carrier.

Paris Event:
Place: In front of Lamar County Courthouse
Address: 119 North Main- Paris, Texas 75460
Time: Rally – 9 am
Court hearing: 10 am
Contact: In Dallas, Rita Beving, 214.557.2271
Dallas Car Pool: Meet in the parking lot at Walmart on Midway/LBJ at 6:45 am. Park your car near the Lazy Boy store, not near the Walmart. Look for Rita’s silver Toyota 4-Runner. Estimated time to be back in Dallas around 1:30 pm.

Austin Event:
Place: In front of Railroad Commission office
Address: 1701 North Congress
Time: Rally – 10 am
Contact: In Austin, Chris Wilson, 512.261.0182

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Tim Ruggiero February 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm

What should cause a great deal of anger in most people, not just Texans, is this is another prime example of the arrogance of energy companies. In spite of the fact that the president declined to permit the Keystone XL, TransCanada is acting as if they are going to have their way-it’s only a matter of time before they get to take your land.

Laso keep in mind, even if there were some dramitic benefit to having the pipeline, TransCanada can hardly argue that it’s for the ‘public good’. When the government takes your land under Eminent Domain, it must firmly establish that it meets the requirement of the ‘public good’, and that the ‘public’ is the community where the taking of the land is. TransCanada cannot convince us that transporting oil throught he pipeline to Houston refineries for shipment overseas benefits anyone except themselves.

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GhostBlogger February 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm
Nick February 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm

As I understood it, the Prez has the authority to stop the border crossing for a 2nd pipeline coming down from Canada if it does not “serve the national interest” but, has no jurisdiction over pipeline installations across state lands. Is this not correct?

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TXsharon February 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I’m sitting here in the courtroom. The Keystone XL attorney said the pipeline will carry Alberts tar sands so how is that not an international issue.

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