Texas judge dissolves restraining order on Keystone XL
A Texas judge has dissolved a restraining order that would have prevented work on part of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, a company spokesman said.
Nacogdoches County resident Michael Bishop had won the temporary restraining order after arguing that TransCanada had misrepresented the purpose of Keystone XL when negotiating an agreement to construct the pipeline through his land.
He argued that the material intended to move through Keystone XL from Canada was not crude oil occurring naturally as a liquid, but rather solid, hydrocarbon-bearing bitumen produced from oil sands and then heated and diluted to move through pipelines.
Although Nacogdoches County Court-at-Law Judge Jack Sinz approved the restraining order Friday, TransCanada said it did not learn of it until Wednesday.