Texas Sees Rising Tide of Property-Rights Cases

The case of Julia Trigg Crawford versus the Keystone XL oil pipeline will soon return to the headlines.

Crawford, a northeast Texas farmer, is fighting to keep TransCananda, the pipeline’s owner, from invoking the right of eminent domain to cross her property. A Lamar County judge ruled against her last month, but Crawford says she plans to file an appeal soon — probably to the state’s 6th Court of Appeals in Texarkana.

“We feel good about a panel of judges” hearing the case for the court, she says.

Eminent domain rules, the issue at stake in the Crawford case, allow ...

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