Courts Wrestle With Pipeline, Property Rights

Photo by Dave Fehling/StateImpact Texas Jefferson County Court at Law Judge Tom Rugg listens to arguments in the property rights case earlier this month.

Today in a Beaumont courthouse, Judge Tom Rugg will rule on yet another case concerning TransCanada. The pipeline company has been visiting a lot of Texas courthouses lately. At issue again is whether it can take private property in Texas to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. We can expect more pipeline cases as well. Judge Rugg says recent rulings on eminent domain in Texas mean nobody is quite sure where private property rights end, and a company’s right to take property begins.

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