Judge lifts order that halted pipeline's construction

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HOUSTON — Texas County Court at Law Judge Jack Sinz lifted a temporary restraining order that had stopped oil firm TransCanada from building a portion of the Keystone XL pipeline through the eastern part of the state.

The proposed pipeline would carry oil from Canada 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 defrauded him and other landowners, promising that the Keystone XL pipeline would transport crude oil, not tar sands.

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