Judge temporarily halts Keystone XL pipeline in Texas


Via the L.A. Times:

A Texas judge has temporarily stopped oil company TransCanada from building a pipeline designed to carry tar sands oil from Canada through eastern portions of the state to the Gulf Coast.

The decision came after Michael Bishop, 64, a retired paramedic and chemist in East Texas, filed a lawsuit arguing that TransCanada lied to him and other landowners, promising that the Keystone XL pipeline would transport crude oil, not tar sands oil.

If only one person could prevent the Tar Sands pipeline from being built. But it seems nothing will stop Big Oil from getting its way, especially if our own State Department decides to support this potentially catastrophic project, which is a real possibility.

Plus, likely nominee for Secretary of State Susan Rice has a potential conflict of interest concerning the approximately $600,000 worth of investments she and her husband made in TransCanada Corp., the company looking to construct the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.