TransCanada Is Seizing People’s Land To Build Keystone, But Conservatives Have Been Dead Silent

Posted by Mike Confino, March 1, 2015

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For Julia Trigg Crawford, watching TransCanada construct the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline on a corner of her 600-acre farm was “gut-wrenching.”

Crawford, who lives in Direct, Texas, had been trying since 2011 to keep the pipeline company off her property. But she ultimately lost, the portion of her land needed for the pipeline condemned through eminent domain — a process by which government can force citizens to sell their property for “public use,” such as the building of roads, railroads, and power lines. Crawford can’t wrap her head around why TransCanada, a foreign company, was granted the right of eminent domain to build a pipeline that wouldn’t be carrying Texas oil through the state of Texas.

via TransCanada Is Seizing People’s Land To Build Keystone, But Conservatives Have Been Dead Silent | ThinkProgress.

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