Bishop, who is representing himself, argues that tar sands — or diluted bitumen — are not crude oil because the product begins as a near solid and must be diluted before being transported through a pipeline. TransCanada insists tar sands are a form of crude oil, and Howard said Bishop knew the pipeline would be used to transport that product when he agreed to let the company use his land.
"We are very pleased with Judge Sinz's dismissal on this temporary restraining order," Howard said in a statement. "TransCanada has been open, honest and transparent with Mr. Bishop at all times."
Associated Press writer Nomaan Merchant contributed to this report from Dallas.
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