Injunction hearing scheduled for the Dec. 19
A judge in Nacogdoches has lifted a restraining order that had halted construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Michael Bishop was granted a restraining order Tuesday that stopped construction on his property in Nacogdoches County. That restraining order was lifted Thursday morning but an injunction hearing is still scheduled for next week.
Bishop filed the injunction claiming TransCanada defrauded him in his land contract by telling him the pipeline would be a crude oil pipeline. TransCanada has admitted that the pipeline will actually carry tar sands, which is piped under high pressure in liquid form, diluted in toxic and caustic chemicals.
Ron Seifert with The Tar Sands Blockade says the synthetic slurry is much more dangerous than crude oil which is in liquid form naturally. Crude oil does not require extra chemicals or high pressure to flow.
Seifert says The Tar Sands Blockade, made of land owners is concerned about the dangerous pipeline, "You are talking about liquified sand paper being blasted at very high pressure through a thinly-walled steel pipe. Of course land owners are terrified at what might happen."