Texas judge lifts order on TransCanada pipeline

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm •  Published: December 13, 2012
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Bishop said he recently settled his legal battle with TransCanada over the condemnation of his land because he could no longer afford the legal fees. However, after settling that, he filed a new lawsuit against TransCanada arguing the company lied to Texans when it said crude would be transported through the pipeline.

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."

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Associated Press writer Nomaan Merchant contributed to this report from Dallas.

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