Keystone’s Private Status Nixes Land Seizure, Owners Say

Law360, Houston (June 19, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT) -- A group of Texas landowners said Tuesday that TransCanada Corp. lacks the power to initiate legal proceedings to seize private property to accommodate a segment of its 1,700-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, because the pipeline won’t have capacity available to the public.

Responding to a motion for summary judgment filed by the energy giant, Rhinoceros Ventures Group Inc. and Batson Corridor LP claim that state law only allows the seizure of private property for “common carrier” pipelines that can be hired by the public to ship oil...
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