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Texas landowner presses on in legal battle against TransCanada

Kate Archer Kent

Northeast, Texas farmer Julia Trigg Crawford resumes her legal battle today against Keystone XL pipeline builder TransCanada. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the case about whether TransCanada is entitled to the power of eminent domain to build the southern leg of the pipeline under construction from Cushing, Okla., to the Gulf Coast refineries. Crawford says she’s not backing down.

"If we prevail at the appeals court, TransCanada, I’m sure, will appeal to the Supreme Court," Crawford said by phone, from her farm in Direct, Texas. "If I still have money in my legal defense fund, should we lose at the appeals court, I’ll give it a shot at the Supreme Court.”

Meanwhile, Crawford said, TransCanada has moved ahead to lay pipe on her land.

“They’ve been working with lights, tractors and trucks. It looks like a war zone out there. They’ve moved forward as if they know what the ruling will be. Or, they’re so confident they’re going to win, they’re moving forward.”

Crawford’s grassroots fight has garnered international attention. She said people have contributed about $100,000 for her legal defense against TransCanada. The Appellate Court is set to hold the hearing at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hunt County Courthouse in Greenville, Texas.

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