TransCanada's Power To Seize Land For Keystone XL Upheld

Law360, Houston (November 29, 2012, 7:38 PM EST) -- A Texas appeals court on Thursday denied a bid by a group of landowners to overturn a lower court’s ruling that TransCanada Corp. could initiate legal proceedings to seize private property to accommodate a segment of its 1,700-mile Keystone XL Pipeline.

The Ninth Court of Appeals held that the oil and gas giant qualified as a “common carrier” under state law and could bring condemnation proceedings to take control of land owned by Rhinoceros Ventures Group Inc., rejecting the landowners’ argument that the status could only...
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