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    APNewsBreak: Texas Judge Halts Oil Pipeline Work

    A Texas judge has ordered TransCanada to temporarily halt work on a private property where it is building part of an oil pipeline designed to carry tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, the latest legal battle to plague a project that has encountered numerous obstacles nationwide.
    Michael Bishop filed the lawsuit, and today the court intervened. There are 2 arguments here.

    1) That Trans-Canada lied about the definition of tar sands oil - This argument is iffy. If the end product going through the pipeline is just about the same as conventional crude, then I don't see how Bishop can prevail here.

    2) Is the condemnation of Bishop's land in the public interest of Texas citizens, or is it for private gain? Here, Bishop may have an argument. I believe he will lose on this one too, but Trans-Canada will be forced to pay him fair market value for the land they are running their pipeline through. This kind of a decision would be a win-win for both sides. In Texas, you cannot just ram your project over someone else's land without reasonable compensation in return. I think that's what this case is going to turn on.

    Finally, some words from Bishop, who is an ex-marine who fought in Vietnam:

    "Bring 'em on. I'm a United States Marine. I'm not afraid of anyone. I'm not afraid of them," he said. "When I'm done with them, they will know that they've been in a fight. I may not win, but I'm going to hurt them.
    Semper Fi, Mr. Bishop, and thank you for your service.

    Article is here.

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    Re: APNewsBreak: Texas Judge Halts Oil Pipeline Work

    So this oil pipeline which is supposed to benefit americans, but is really a money maker for oil tycoons and bribed government is using eminent domain to take people's land from them to build it for private companies? Well, republicans never mentioned this was a great way for the oil companies to take all that land for themselves. Especially a canadian oil company.

    So the republican shills who support this around here are fine with canadian private companies seizing privately owned american lands for a discount with the assistance of the GOP who is fighting for this like it is their own lives. Are you god damned serious? kill this pipeline deal and for once Obama is doing the right thing by standing in it's way with the democrats. How dare you people take american property for your canadian rich masters in the oil business. Then you tell us all Obam,a is standing in the way of progress? It is more like standing in the way of americans losing their property to oil tycoons.

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    Re: APNewsBreak: Texas Judge Halts Oil Pipeline Work

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Michael Bishop filed the lawsuit, and today the court intervened. There are 2 arguments here.

    1) That Trans-Canada lied about the definition of tar sands oil - This argument is iffy. If the end product going through the pipeline is just about the same as conventional crude, then I don't see how Bishop can prevail here.

    2) Is the condemnation of Bishop's land in the public interest of Texas citizens, or is it for private gain? Here, Bishop may have an argument. I believe he will lose on this one too, but Trans-Canada will be forced to pay him fair market value for the land they are running their pipeline through. This kind of a decision would be a win-win for both sides. In Texas, you cannot just ram your project over someone else's land without reasonable compensation in return. I think that's what this case is going to turn on.

    Finally, some words from Bishop, who is an ex-marine who fought in Vietnam:



    Semper Fi, Mr. Bishop, and thank you for your service.

    Article is here.

    PS - Don't Mess With Texas!!
    As long as Transcanada is using eminent domain to seize or to threaten to seize land I support any efforts to stop its construction.Privately owned companies have no business using eminent,especially foreign owned companies and the only thing eminent domain should be used for is highways.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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