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    Keystone Eminent Domain Case: Texas Ruling Favors Homeowner


    The Supreme Court of Texas has ruled in favor of a homeowner who is fighting TransCanada's effort to use eminent domain to build a pipeline through the United States.


    Note the "Canada" in the name TransCanada. This is a foreign company that thinks it should have the right to use American citizens' land to bury a pipeline to transport dirty dilbit oil to refineries in Texas. But since the oil is not Texas oil, the pipeline doesn't qualify as a "common carrier" so the court ruled in homeowner Julia Trigg Crawford's favor. it will now be left up to the federal court to decide.


    I've been calling out the use of eminent domain by a Canadian company for quite some time. It doesn't seem like many on the right are willing to acknowledge this injustice. To me it seems unfathomable that they would be allowed to use my land for their private gain. Eminent domain is only supposed to be used when it is for the public good. Can someone explain what is good about piping dirty tar sands oil to refineries that will then export out of the country? No, the temporary jobs it will create is not enough public good for the potential and real damages that tars sands oil creates.


    I commend the Supreme Court of Texas for not allowing a Canadian company to have it's way over the rights of American landowners.


    May the Keystone XL pipeline be put to rest, forever. Let's ramp up clean alternative energy sources and stop fooling ourselves that our actions won't have real consequences for future generations.


    Yeah, I'm talking about climate change.


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