Judge clears way for northeast Texas pipeline


The pipeline proposed by TransCanada would carry oil from Canadian tar sands to refineries along the Texas Gulf coast.

In an email to attorneys Wednesday night, Lamar County Court-at-Law Judge Bill Harris ruled the pipeline would be a common carrier with the right to condemn land across the farm for the Keystone XL right-of-way.

Landowner Julia Trigg Crawford had argued that TransCanada trampled her property rights and the project could harm Caddo Indian artifacts on her farm.

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