Protect my land from oil giant TransCanada
  • Petitioned Senator John Cornyn

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Senator John Cornyn
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
Texas
Gov. Rick Perry

Protect my land from oil giant TransCanada

    1. Julia Trigg Crawford
    2. Petition by

      Julia Trigg Crawford

      Direct, TX

Imagine, one day, that a massive, foreign company decided to dig through your backyard without your permission. When you went to law enforcement to try and stop the company, they brought in big city lawyers to try to throw your rights out the window.
 
And, if tearing through your property weren’t enough, this company would expose you and your family to serious health risks and threaten the water and safety of your community—and potentially millions of other Americans, too. Sound like a nightmare?
 
That’s exactly what’s happening to me.
 
My name is Julia Trigg Crawford, and our family owns a farm in Direct, Texas, which we inherited from my grandfather who purchased it in 1948. A major Canadian company, TransCanada, is trying to build a pipeline to transport a highly toxic hydrocarbon (called “tar sands”) from Alberta, Canada to Texas, to refine it and then export it to foreign countries.
 
TransCanada is trying to seize my land by claiming it has “eminent domain” rights, which is an area of American law that allows the seizure of private property if it serves a broader societal or economic good.
 
You may remember that in January President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline—but that hasn’t stopped TransCanada from trying to build it anyway. When I filed a restraining order in the Texas courts to stop them from building on my property, TransCanada filed a motion to dissolve my restraining order.
 
TransCanada thinks it’s above America law and refuses to honor Americans’ Constitutional right of private property. In a very real way, a foreign company is threatening the Constitutional freedom of American citizens.
 
Independent studies show that the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would not create any lasting jobs and would subject tens of millions of people to hazardous risks when the pipeline leaks—as its sister pipeline has done more than a dozen times already. This includes the drinking water of one million Midwesterners people who rely on the Ogallala Aquifer and 60 counties in Texas who rely on the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer.
 
Given that Americans have to put up all the risk and will reap none of the reward, the Keystone XL pipeline is certainly not serving the “greater good.”
 
Please stand with me against the foreign company TransCanada and their attempt to steal my private property and subject me, my family, and millions of others to the hazard and risk of a tar sands pipeline in our backyards.
 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Awaiting the Judge's ruling on our case

      Julia Trigg Crawford
      Petition Organizer

      Friends,

      On Friday, August 10th we had a long and dramatic court hearing in Paris, Texas challenging TransCanada's claim they are a Common Carrier and have the right of Eminent Domain to take a portion of our land for their pipeline. The courtroom was packed with supporters from all over Texas, and as far away as Nebraska....all standing with my family that Property Rights abuse can not be tolerated. Eminent Domain should not be used for Private Gain.

      We feel we have a strong case, backed by the recent Texas Supreme Court ruling in Denbury Green that “private property is constitutionally protected, and a private enterprise cannot acquire condemnation power merely by checking boxes on a one-page form.”

      Thanks to you the topic of Eminent Domain abuse is finally surfacing at our State Capitol, and I feel positive change is in the air.

      We should have a ruling this week, so stay tuned...your support of our case is making a huge difference.

      In solidarity,

      Julia Trigg Crawford

    2. Reached 20,000 signatures
    3. My response to President Obama's announcement expediting the pipeline

      Julia Trigg Crawford
      Petition Organizer

      I'm sure you were all as disappointed as I was today in President Obama's "All of the Above" Energy strategy to fast track the Keystone Pipeline through Oklahoma and Texas. While his decision was not unexpected, it is disappointing that this issue continues to be a political football during this election game.

      We stand strong, unswayed by the pressures that this foreign corporation brings to bear, pressures so strong that they have the power to bend the will of a President. We know seeing this fight through to the end will not be easy, but we are in it for future generations of Crawfords, and every American who believes as strongly as we do in an individual's right to private property.

      Please stand with us, go to www.standwithjulia.com to take action and to contribute to our legal defense fund. In this battle of Big Oil vs Family Farm we will need everyone's help to win.

      Peace and thank you for your undying support.
      Julia Trigg Crawford

    4. www.StandwithJulia.com launched as our Crawford Defense Fund

      Julia Trigg Crawford
      Petition Organizer

      Now that our fight moves up into the Appellate Court, our legal expenses move up to a new level as well. Fighting to protect property rights is expensive, and the only way our family will be able to stay in the battle is with your help.

      Earlier this week we launched the Crawford Defense Fund through www.StandwithJulia.com and we need your help to spread the word. Rest assured, a third party other than the Crawfords will oversee the account, and 100% of the monies raised will go straight to covering our legal expenses like expert witness testimony and reports, court transcripts, filing fees, travel costs, overnight postage costs, etc.

      You've weighed in with your voices by signing the Petition and spreading the word within your communities, and for that alone our family is so grateful. Should you want to do more, please consider making a donation at www.StandwithJulia.com. It will take all of us to win this battle for Property Rights.

      Thank you from the Crawfords.

    5. Two Significant Wins on Friday, March 2nd

      Julia Trigg Crawford
      Petition Organizer

      Last Friday was a great day for all landowners. The Sixth District Court of Appeals reinstated a temporary restraining order against TransCanada from entering our land, beginning construction, and destroying Caddo artifacts that are in the path of the proposed pipeline.

      In addition, on the very same day the Texas Supreme Court unanimously declined to rehear a different eminent domain case, Texas Rice Land Partners vs. Denbury Green Pipeline. By allowing their previous ruling to stand, the Texas Supreme Court reinforced their position that "our Constitution and laws enshrine landownership as a keystone right". Absolutely!

      As I type this we're right at the 18,000 petition mark. Please keep spreading the word, your voices are making a difference. The Crawford family thanks you.

    6. Reached 17,500 signatures
    7. Amazing, you've helped us enjoin over 17,000 supporters, and counting!

      Julia Trigg Crawford
      Petition Organizer

      My family and I are overwhelmed by the support shown to us by fellow Texans, Americans, and even friends abroad as we stand together to defend our property rights.

      We've topped 17,000 signatures, all of whom support this basic value that we Americans should not have to give up our land to a foreign company for their private gain.

      Please help us reach our next goal of 25,000 signatures by sending this petition link to your friends and family via email, facebook and twitter. Make this issue a topic of conversation at the coffeeshop, baseball game or on your lunchbreak, help us spread the word.

      On April 30th we head back to court to face off with TransCanada on our eminent domain case. We will keep you posted, and share with you other ways you can support us in this cause.

      Thanks to you, our voices are being heard. Don't mess with Texas.

    8. Reached 15,000 signatures
    9. Thank you for your support so far!

      Julia Trigg Crawford
      Petition Organizer

      I am overwhelmed by the amount of fellow Texans and Americans standing with me as I defend my property rights.

      We are close to 10,000 signatures that support the basic value that as Americans we should not have to give our land over to a foreign company for their private gain.

      You can help get to 10,000 signatures by sending the petition link to your friends and family on email, facebook and twitter.

      On April 30th I head back to court to face off with TransCanada for my eminent domain case. We will post more info soon on how you can help continue your support on that day.

      I hope that TransCanada will get the message, don't mess with Texas, and don't mess with me.

    10. Reached 9,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Barbara Bloom Stallcup MONTAGUE, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      We recently had to dig a new well due to water quality issue, I wouldn't want this well to fail as well due to pipeline issues. Tell Keystone no.

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    • Edgardo Vila JOHNSON CITY, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      Oil spills suck, oil prices suck, dirty air and water suck. We have technology way beyond fossil fuels. We should be using these technologies.

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    • Harvey Bissette LAS VEGAS, NV
      • about 2 years ago

      The oil is being procured by China and will go straight past the refineries to China.

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    • Jarvis Yaggetty ASBURY, AL
      • about 2 years ago

      Please let us AT ONCE cease the despicably heartless, ruthless, mindless and cruel harm to the wondrous environment!

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    • KELI STEINHOFF AUBURN, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is wrong on so many levels. If we don't speak up for her, who will speak up for us?

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