Julia Trigg Crawford manages a farm in northeast Texas that’s been in her family since 1948. The 600-acre property sits on the Red River, near the city of Paris, famous for its replica Eiffel Tower topped with a red cowboy hat. It’s like a Texas stereotype come to life.
Crawford’s property also sits directly between where TransCanada has some tar-sands oil and where it wants that oil to go. The southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline, which recently got a final approval, will cut through the northeastern part of Texas — as planned, through Crawford’s property. Crawford preferred that it not and rejected the company’s buyout offer. So TransCanada instead sought to seize the property through eminent domain.
This is a travesty of justice on every level - for a CANADIAN company to trample the rights of an American family on American soil is simply unacceptable. Sign the petition asking Judge Harris to rescind his decision and TransCanada to act in good faith. You can read more here: http://grist.org/news/texas-judge-rules-that-transcanada-can-seize-land-from-a-family-farm/
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