BEAUMONT, Texas — Some rice farmers have challenged condemnation efforts by a Canadian company seeking to build an oil pipeline to the Texas Gulf Coast.
A judge in Beaumont heard arguments Wednesday and said he will announce his decision Sept. 24.
KFDM-TV reports some protesters held signs saying "Stop Eminent Domain" and "Defend Texas Land."
Representatives of the Texas Rice Land Partners want the project stopped. A recent Texas Supreme Court ruling says a company must prove its pipeline is for the "common" good before taking private property.
TransCanada's plan to built a nearly 1,200-mile pipeline has been rejected by President Barack Obama. The company is redesigning the project but has moved ahead with portions that do not cross an international boundary.