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Judge in Texas allows taking of land for Keystone XL Pipeline

A judge in Texas is allowing TransCanada to take land from a ranching family for the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline.

Julia Trigg Crawford and her family rejected an offer of $21,626 to provide an easement on their land near the Texas-Oklahoma border. So TransCanada asserted eminent domain and a judge e-mailed his decision Wednesday night in support of the company, the Associated Press reported.

"It's kind of like there's a bully in the playground, and until someone gets their nose bloodied, they will keep going," Crawford, who plans to fight the decision, told the AP

If the ruling stands, the family will be compensated for the easement.

Get the Story:
Texas judge upholds eminent domain for Keystone XL (AP 8/23)
Keystone pipeline clears a hurdle (The Washington Post 8/24)
Judge Upholds Eminent Domain for Pipeline in Texas (The New York Times 8/24)

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