After an early morning protest rally and a day long hearing on Friday, , a Lamar County judge has handed Paris area landowner Julia Trigg Crawford at least a temporary victory in setting a date of April 30, 2012 for a jury trial to hear her case against TransCanada and their efforts to steal her land away from her for the Keystone Pipeline.
In the hearing on Friday, the attorneys for TransCanada displayed what many called an arrogance at the thought of one landowner and her rights, or even the archaeological significance of the property as a means of stopping their project, saying “We will not let one landowner stop this multi-billion dollar pipeline,” and again saying ““They can have their day in court, but they won’t stop this pipeline.”
They questioned Crawford’s archaeological study and told the judge and those gathered in the courtroom that TransCanada stood to lose three to four million dollars a day if the injunction was granted and in the end Crawford would have to come up with millions of dollars in bonds to keep up her fight. Those remarks led the judge to reply with a statement chiding the Canadian company’s attorneys drawing attention to their efforts to make it where the average landowner can’t afford to fight it.
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