Judge al­lows pipe­line to pro­ceed

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Tran­sCanada can re­sume oil pipe­line work on a pri­vate East Texas prop­erty for now, a judge said Thurs­day, at least un­til a hear­ing next week meant to de­ter­mine whether the prod­uct the com­pany wants to trans­port is in fact crude oil.

Judge Jack Sinz ini­tially is­sued an or­der Fri­day in Nacog­doches County Court halt­ing work through next week on the Key­stone XL pipe­line on prop­erty owned by Michael Bishop in Dou­glass. But Tran­sCanada re­quested a sep­a­rate court date to lift the tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der, and Sinz sched­uled a hear­ing for Thurs­day, where he lifted the re­stric­tions.

Tran­sCanada had been clear­ing ar­eas of Bishop’s land to be­gin con­struc­tion. Spokesman Shawn Howard said work is un­likely to be­gin be­fore Wed­nes­day’s hear­ing, which will also ad­dress Tran­sCanada’s coun­ter­claim Bishop breached his con­tract to build its pipe­line on his prop­erty.

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