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Judge Halts Construction on Section of KXL!

Mike Bishop has won a temporary restraining order against TransCanada

A judge ordered TransCanada to halt construction on Mr. Bishop’s land until a hearing on December 19th. If successful, that hearing could lead to a more long term temporary injunction against TransCanada which could stop work for months! This comes at a critical time because TransCanada has already started bulldozing his biofuels crop.

Here’s a brief testimonial video shot this morning of Mr. Bishop in front of the Nacogdoches County Courthouse.

Video streaming by Ustream

Bishop has been fighting against TransCanada’s destruction of his sustainable biofuel farm. His lawsuit argues that TransCanada’s permit depends upon a erroneous definition of tar sands as a type of crude oil. Here’s a quote from the AP story from this morning:

Tar sands oil — or diluted bitumen — does not meet the definition as outlined in Texas and federal statutory codes which define crude oil as “liquid hydrocarbons extracted from the earth at atmospheric temperatures,” Bishop said. When tar sands are extracted in Alberta, Canada, the material is almost a solid and “has to be heated and diluted in order to even be transmitted,” he told The Associated Press exclusively.

“They lied to the American people,” Bishop said.

Read more about the ruling here.

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