Keystone XL pipeline starts up, opponents vow to continue fight

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LAMAR COUNTY, TX -- TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline began operating the Texas leg of the pipeline Wednesday.

Several landowners against the pipeline spoke during a telephone news conference, including Lamar County landowner Julia Trigg Crawford.

"The pipeline starting does nothing really but fuel my anger," said Crawford. "That we can be in the court system saying you never had the right to take our land for this project and they can just move forward."

Crawford has been fighting TransCanada, saying that they are violating her eminent domain rights. She's vowed to walk around her farm daily to look for any leaks from the pipeline that runs under her property. Crawford has appealed her case to the Texas Supreme Court.

Several other landowners have expressed concerns on the integrity of the pipeline, but TransCanada insists there are no problems with the line.

"What potentially people are confusing is once the pipeline has been constructed and before we put it in process we go through a very comprehensive commissioning process," said a TransCanada spokesperson.

The pipeline's southern leg will transport oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to refineries in the Houston area. The rest of the pipeline would move oil from Canada to Cushing and requires President Obama's approval.

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