Com­pany: Rul­ing won’t stop project


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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

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