Texas — A hearing was set in Nacogdoches this morning on a motion to dismiss a temporary restraining order against TransCanada, the company building a controversial oil pipeline from central Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast.
A Nacogdoches County judge issued the stop-work order after landowner Michael Bishop filed a suit arguing TransCanada lied to Texans when it said it would use the pipeline to transport crude oil.
TransCanada spokesman David Dodson said crude oil is the only product that will be transported throughthe pipeline for some time, while the company waits on a presidential permit to allow it to import diluted bitumen (an upgraded form of tar sands) from Canada into the United States.
President Barack Obama denied a permit earlier this year, telling the company to find another route for the northern leg of the project to avoid an environmentally sensitive area of Nebraska.
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