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Beckett's company sues pipeline builder

10/17/2012

LAREDO, Texas -- A company owned by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett is suing a pipeline builder, claiming it destroyed the habitat of the endangered ocelot on a South Texas ranch.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Laredo says Eagle Ford Midstream LP violated the federal Endangered Species Act by clearing land to build a natural gas pipeline.

The suit says the pipeline company was awarded eminent domain on land owned by Beckett Ventures Inc. and falsely told the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that it wasn't suitable habitat for the endangered wild cat.

Beckett's company claims the pipeline builder engaged in "willful destruction" by clearing land after a notice of intent to sue was filed in August.

A phone message left with Eagle Ford Midstream's parent company wasn't immediately returned.