Legislators Hone Question of Eminent Domain

Instead of spending her days harvesting crops, Texas farmer Julia Trigg Crawford told lawmakers that she is now "a farmer locked in legal battle" to protect her family land.

Last year, Canadian company TransCanada said that it had the right to run its Keystone XL pipeline through her property. The company argued it was a "common carrier" with the right to exercise eminent domain to build on private land. But Crawford would have none of that, and she contended that the Native American artifacts and water on her farm needed to be protected. 

The Texas House Committee for Land and ...

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