Keystone Win Belies Looming Land Use Showdown In Texas

Law360, New York (August 24, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT) -- A decision Thursday upholding TransCanada Corp.'s right to seize private land for its Keystone XL pipeline serves as a window into a quirky corner of real estate law in Texas, where the oil and gas industry — the state's economic lifeblood — faces off with a political culture that takes property rights very seriously.

With new pipelines cropping up statewide, attorneys say the case is just the beginning of new litigation and regulatory scrutiny that will challenge energy firms, which have long relied on loose oversight...
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