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TransCanada mistakenly clears Angelina County property

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

It's a case of mistaken ownership between TransCanada, Angelina County and a private landowner south of Diboll.

TransCanada started clearing a piece of property they thought they purchased but that property had already been sold in 2009 to Angelina County.

It seems like TransCanada didn't do their homework when it comes to a strip of land in Diboll.
Angelina County Attorney Ed Jones says in 2009 Angelina County purchased 6 acres of land from a landowner in Diboll to build a truck weigh station but in 2010 TransCanada purchased the same property from the same landowner.

Angelina  County Judge, Wes Suiter says the county found out about the issue when the tree sitters were protesting the pipeline in Diboll earlier in January. He said the Sheriff's Department called him and asked what was going on at the property and come to find out TransCanada had cleared some trees and brush as part of their project.

Suiter said, "I contacted the representative for TransCanada and informed them that they were on county property, private property and wanted to know what they were doing and there was confusion about the easement they acquired from the land owner. "

Suiter says he doesn't think the landowner mislead TransCanada but then again they should have known the county bought that property.

"We advised them that we don't want any more activity on our property," Suiter said.

At this time, no request for an easement has been made to the county by TransCanada.

Suiter said, "They told us that they were looking at their options and they would get back with us and to this date we haven't heard anything from them so I'm not sure where they're at or what their intent is or if they intend to come back for an easement."

Suiter says TransCanada does have other options and doesn't have to come across the counties property but if they do decide to continue with this route…

He said, "Well they would have to request that through the commissioners court and I'm sure there'd be a lot of question before we would just say yeah here's your easement. They'd have to satisfy a lot of concerns that the court would have."

Suiter says the county is exploring what kind of damage, if any, TransCanada caused to the property with their legal team. Calls to TransCanada for a comment were not returned.

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