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Court Blocks Keystone Oil Pipeline From Crossing Texas Farm

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Owners of a northeast Texas farm have obtained a court order to block TransCanada from crossing the farm with a proposed pipeline planned to carry Canadian oil to refineries along the Texas Gulf coast.

Lamar County Court-at-Law Judge Bill Harris ordered TransCanada representatives and those of The Crawford Family Farm Partnership to appear before him Feb. 24 to show why Harris shouldn’t extend the order against TransCanada. However, family attorney John Pieratt of Austin says Harris has scheduled a rehearing at TransCanada’s request for Friday in Paris, Texas.

The order came in TransCanada’s condemnation lawsuit against the family partnership for right-of-way across the 600-acre farm along the Red River, about 100 miles northeast of Dallas.

Last month President Barack Obama rejected TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline.  This week Senate Republicans introduced legislation that would allow it to be built.

Copyright 2012 CBS Local.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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