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Pipeline hearing set today in Nacogdoches

From Staff Reports
Jan. 17, 2013 at 11 p.m.


A Nacogdoches County court-at-law judge was expected to rule today on whether a lawsuit aimed at stopping TransCanada's Gulf Coast pipeline will remain in his jurisdiction or be moved the state district court.

Michael Bishop filed suit against TransCanada after accepting about $70,000 for an easement across his land.

Bishop contends his easement was invalid because he signed the agreement under duress - that he was coerced by TransCanada, and TransCanada committed fraud by not divulging that it would be transporting diluted bitumen.

Bishop has asked Judge Jack Sinz to rule on whether diluted bitumen is crude oil.

In a hearing late last year, Sinz questioned whether he had jurisdiction over such an issue and ordered both sides to bring arguments to today's hearing on whether the case should remain in his court or be moved.

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