Texas Landowner Faces TransCanada in Court Hearing

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A Texas landowner and TransCanada are taking their argument over whether tar sands are crude oil before a judge.

Nacogdoches County Court-at-Law Judge Jack Sinz will hear arguments Wednesday. Landowner Michael Bishop is asking all work on his 20-acre property to stop until a final ruling on whether the product TransCanada wants to carry through its pipeline is crude oil.

TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline is meant to transport tar sands - or diluted bitumen - from Alberta to Texas refineries. The section of the pipeline that would cross the international border has not been approved. A shorter portion from Oklahoma to Texas is under construction.

The pipeline is to run across Bishop's land. He says the company lied to him because tar sands are not crude. TransCanada insists it is.