The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Sinclair Transportation Co. doesn’t have the legal authority to condemn private property for construction of a petroleum pipeline.
But the seven-member court was far from united in its decision. Justice Nancy Rice wrote the majority opinion, while three other justices dissented.
Sinclair Transportation is a subsidiary of Salt Lake City-based based Sinclair Oil Corp.
The case centers on Weld County properties owned by the Sandberg and Larson families. Sinclair Transportation has a 1963 easement on the properties that allowed the Wyoming company to construct an underground 6-inch pipeline.