Hearing on Crawford v. TransCanada Continues this Friday!

Thanks to the many of you who moved so quickly to support Julia Trigg Crawford and family.  Their efforts to maintain a temporary restraining order on TransCanada’s trenching of their property in NE Texas for the Keystone XL pipeline, without any federal nor state approval, is still in place, but the hearing continues this Friday in Paris.

The hearing on the temporary restraining order continues this coming Friday, Feb. 24, Paris, Texas, 1:30 pm.  There will be no protest, but we hope some of you can help fill the courtroom of Lamar County Courthouse, 119 North Main- Paris, Texas.  We will listen and pray the court does the right thing.

Click on this link to sign the petition calling for state of Texas public hearings on eminent domain abuses related to TransCanada and then Facebook it to your Texas friends and family — or just forward this entire email to them with a note asking them to sign too.

Note:  A legal defense fund is getting established for the Crawford family.  Watch for those details as their full case comes to trial in April

Believe it or not, even after the Judge asked that this case not be politicized, TransCanada attorneys started reading a letter into the record signed by Gov. Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison urging the court to lift the temporary restraining order.  The Judge stopped them stating that he wanted to hear the legal arguments.

There was an avalanche of coverage and though we assume you’ve seen much of it, check out the links below, including an article in today’s Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.


Independent Texans has concerns about the rights of property owners related to the claims by TransCanada that they are a “common carrier.”  Common carrier status gives them to right to use eminent domain to seize private property against a landowner’s will.  Last August, the Texas Supreme Court rendered their becoming infamous “Denbury” decision.  Industry firms are marshaling their resources to get the Texas Supreme Court revisit their opinion, despite the fact that it was unanimous.  Here is what a pro-industry law firm, Jones Walker, says about the Denbury decision:

It is clear that pipeline companies must do more than simply check the common-carrier box on their Form T-4. Because the burden shifts to the pipeline companies to prove their common-carrier status once it is challenged, they should ensure that there exists clear documentation establishing an expectation that customers unrelated to the pipeline company will utilize the planned pipeline. In other words, pipeline companies should make intentional efforts to document that the pipeline will, in fact, be used by third party customers transporting third party gas.  (read more here)

If the court rehears this case it will be unusual.  If they overturn it, Katy bar the door for another grassroots populist movement the likes of which haven’t been seen since Texans rose up to stop the Trans-Texas Corridor.

Here’s the hearing Transcript – Enjoy!  Crawford v. TransCanada Hearing Transcript 2-17-12

Here’s just some that press coverage we mentioned:,0,312823,full.story



Sign the Petition Letter for Texas Hearings on TransCanada/Keystone XL Pipeline!

There is a growing call for public hearings from  Texas landowners and residents in NE Texas who are facing potential eminent domain seizures of their land for the Keystone XL/TransCanada pipeline.  The following organizations are doing this together:  Independent Texans, We Texans, Texans for Accountable Government, Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom.

Please sign this petition/letter to State Representative and Chair of the Land and Resource Management Committee, Rene Oliveira, committee Vice-Chair, Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt and Texas House Speaker, Rep. Joe Straus.

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It’s protest time as TransCanada sicks legal hounds on Texas property rights

A coalition of groups including Independent TexansWe Texans (founded by Debra Medina), Texas TURF (founded by Terri Hall), and Texans for Accountable Government, are standing up for Texas property rights and to put a stop to the continued abuses by foreign corporations and the refusal of our legislature to truly reform eminent domain laws.

You may have seen the news coverage yesterday about the bullying tactics used by TransCanada to grab private property in NE Texas for the Keystone XL pipeline.  This is happening despite the fact that not only do they not have a federal permit, they have no state permit.  What they have is complicity with violating the property rights of Texans, from the Governor to the Railroad Commission.  (See press herehere and here.)
Last Tuesday, Julia Trigg Crawford and family of Paris, Texas, won a temporary restraining order to stop TransCanada from moving forward with trenching on her property for the Keystone pipeline.  She reported that her property had been condemned and seized by TransCanada and she had never even seen a judge.  So, it appeared she would get her day in court.  However, yesterday TransCanada filed a motion to dissolve the TRO.  There is a hearing on Friday in Paris, Texas on this issue.
Yes, Texas, we have an eminent domain problem.  Until the legislature REALLY fixes it, it’s time to stand up and be counted.  Therefore, we are supporting a protest outside the courthouse in Paris, Texas and in Austin, outside the Railroad Commission.
Please come!  Please pass this message on by forwarding this message or here on blog (use the share buttons.)
You can also help with phone calls or make a donation to our efforts.  Donate here.
Friday, Feb. 17, Paris, Texas, 9 am, In front of Lamar County Courthouse, 119 North Main- Paris, Texas.  Dallas Car Pool:  Meet in the parking lot at Walmart on Midway/LBJ at 6:45 am.  Park your car near the Lazy Boy store, not near the Walmart. Look for Rita’s silver Toyota 4-Runner.  Estimated time to be back in Dallas around 1:30 pm.
Friday, Feb. 17, Austin, 10 am, outside the Railroad Commission, 1701 Congress.  Bring quarters for parking meters.
Wear your Texas regalia, bring the Texas, US and “Don’t tread on me” flags.  It is time for us to stop this nonsense.
Linda Curtis
Independent Texans
PO Box 651
Bastrop, TX 78602
512-535-0989 office
512-657-2089 cell
PS  You can also make sure your friends have signed the petition/letter calling for legislative hearings in Texas on TransCanada.  Go here.

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