Appellate Court rules against Lamar County landowner

LAMAR COUNTY, TX -- An appellate court ruled Tuesday in favor of TransCanada, the builder of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Lamar County family whose appeal was denied say they were shocked by the decision.

"I was pretty optimistic that we would prevail, I'm a positive person so I was surprised to hear that we had lost" said Julia Trigg Crawford.

"We certainly disagree with the Appellate Court's ruling and we fully intend to appeal this decision to the Texas Supreme Court," said Crawford family attorney Wendi Hammond.

The 6th Court of Appeals out of Texarkana decision came after a Lamar County judge ruled last year that TransCanada has the right to lay it's pipeline across the Crawford family's Red'Arc Farm.

The family says Transcanada does not have the right to eminent domain.

"As shown by the Denbury case, the Texas Supreme Court has demonstrated great courage and willingness to overturn lower courts' decisions to protect Texas citizens from abuse of eminent domain laws by private corporations." said Crawford.

Crawford says the wheels are already spinning to appeal the decision to the Texas Supreme court.


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