Texas Justices Asked To Overturn TransCanada Land Seizure

Law360, Houston (November 8, 2013, 5:19 PM EST) -- A North Texas landowner asked the Texas Supreme Court on Monday to reject TransCanada Corp.'s effort to run a segment of its Keystone XL pipeline across her property, saying the energy giant has not demonstrated it can legally seize land through eminent domain proceedings.

In a petition for review filed with the high court Nov. 4, Julia Trigg Crawford said that TransCanada does not qualify as a "common carrier" under Texas law and that a trial court improperly granted an easement to the company across her 600-acre dairy farm to accommodate the pipeline.

"TransCanada is not a common carrier with statutory...

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