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Pipeline restraining order again rescinded by court

From Staff Reports
March 11, 2012 at midnight


An East Texas farmer's restraining order to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline from cutting across her family's land has been rescinded - again.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Texarkana on Friday reversed its decision of a week earlier that had upheld the order.

In its latest ruling, the court said it had reinstated the order March 2 "in an abundance of caution," but because the court now had fully reviewed the matter, it believes the order should be dissolved.

It was the latest twist in the effort by Julia Trigg Crawford, who this past month won an order to stop TransCanada from taking her Lamar County land via eminent domain and routing its pipeline across her family's farm.

The original order was appealed by TransCanada and overturned Feb. 24. It was reinstated March 2 and dissolved again Friday.

Crawford vowed to continue her battle against the pipeline and has raised concerns about protecting Caddo Indian antiquities and the environment.

A court date to appeal TransCanada's use of eminent domain to route the Keystone XL pipeline across her land is set April 30.

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