Company: Ruling won’t stop project
statement that the judge had agreed to push the hearing up to Dec. 13.
David Dodson, another TransCanada spokesman, has said courts have already ruled that tar sands are a form of crude oil. The company said in a statement Tuesday that work on Bishop’s property is under way and that the injunction won’t have an effect on construction.
Environmentalists are concerned that if the pipeline leaks or a spill occurs, the heavy tar sands will contaminate water and land. The tar sands, they argue, are more difficult to clean than regular crude, and U.S. pipeline regulations aren’t suited to transport the product. They also say refining the product will further pollute air in the Texas Gulf Coast. Texas already leads the nation in greenhouse gas emissions and industrial pollution.
Bishop owns 20 acres in Douglass, about 160 miles north of Houston. He used to raise poultry and goats on the land where he lives with his wife and 16-year-old daughter, he said, but he sold the animals about two years ago because of the planned pipeline. Initially, the Vietnam War veteran said, he fought the company’s attempt to condemn his land but settled because he couldn’t afford the lawyer’s fees of