Twelve Arrested in Texas Keystone XL Pipeline Blockade
NACOGDOCHES, Texas, November 19, 2012 (ENS) – Twelve people were arrested in east Texas today as they blockaded construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The protesters warn that burning the heavy fossil fuel will emit large amounts of greenhouse gases, warming the planet beyond repair.
Four people locked themselves to heavy machinery used to prepare the route for the pipeline that is planned to carry heavy tarry material called bitumen, diluted with a solvent, from the tar sands of northern Alberta to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
While the trans-border section of the pipeline needs a permit from President Barack Obama, sections of the pipeline within the United States do not.
Those locked to the heavy machinery were joined by several others forming a human chain to block the movement of the machinery, while more than 30 people walked onto the same construction site to halt work early this morning.
Meanwhile, three other protesters put up a new tree blockade at a crossing of the Angelina River, suspending themselves from 50 foot pine trees with life lines anchored to heavy machinery, effectively blocking the entirety of Keystone XL’s path.
Tar Sands Blockade is a coalition of Texas and Oklahoma landowners and climate justice organizers using peaceful and sustained civil disobedience to stop the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Organizers of today’s Tar Sands Blockade Day of Action say they are acting in solidarity with local landowners struggling to protect their water and land from pipeline spills.More…
Rare stand against Big Oil
RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Associated Press
SUMNER, Texas – Oil has long lived in harmony with farmland and cattle across the Texas landscape, a symbiosis nurtured by generations and built on an unspoken honor code that allowed agriculture to thrive while oil was extracted.
Proud Texans have long welcomed the industry because of the cash it brings to sustain agriculture, but also see its presence as part of their patriotic duty to help wean the U.S. off “foreign” oil. So the answer to companies that wanted to build pipelines has usually been simple: Yes.
As the company pursues construction of a 1,179-mile-long cross-country pipeline meant to bring Canadian tar sands oil to South Texas refineries, it’s finding opposition in the unlikeliest of places: oil-friendly Texas, a state that has more pipelines snaking through the ground than any other.
In the minds of some landowners approached by TransCanada for land, the company has broken the code.
Nearly half the steel TransCanada is using is not American-made, and the company won’t promise to use local workers exclusively. It can’t guarantee the oil will remain in the United States. It has snatched land. Possibly most egregious: The company has behaved like an arrogant foreigner, unworthy of operating in Texas. More…
Op-Ed: Pipeline Protest Draws Thousands
By Margaret Mak –
Washington – Thousands rally outside the White House demanding President Barack Obama to reject the building of the Keystone XL pipeline that will carry crude oil from Alberta, Canada to the United States, on Sunday.
There are rising concerns that if the government approves the Keystone construction, it will cause a surge in greenhouse gases, vast environmental and community degradation.
Obama, confronted with his election-night promise to tackle climate change after Hurricane Sandy, must now make a decision on whether to approve the pipeline that he delayed and is meant to readdress after the 2012 elections.
The demonstration, led by Bill McKibben of 350.org, had about 3,000 people rally at the Freedom Plaza outside the White House, before they moved to protesting on the streets. They carried a 500-foot, black pipe with the writing, “Stop the XL Pipeline,” while chanting, “Hey, Obama! We don’t want no climate drama.”
The protesters claim that the pipeline will increase the environmental destruction to the once green forest of Alberta that boasted trees and animals, but now is left with pools of toxic waste spanning 31 square miles each and can be seen from space, according to an Environmental Defense (ED) report. It is considered to be one of “the most destructive projects on earth,” says the ED. To extract oil from the tar sands, twice the amount of fresh water that the entire city of Calgary utilizes in a year must be used and enough natural gas in a day to heat 3 million homes is consumed, according to the report. Additionally, producing a barrel of oil from the oil sands produces three times more greenhouse gas emissions than a barrel of conventional oil, according to National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). More…
Two masked protesters and two others stormed the Royal Palm Way offices of Deutsche Bank Monday morning as part of a demonstration against its investment in the Keystone XL pipeline.
The pipeline, a Transcanada Corp. project, will transport oil from Alberta to Nebraska, with a portion expected to reach the Gulf Coast of Texas.
“We tried to deliver our message directly to James Zahringer,” said Courtney Claar, the leader of the protest, as police led her out of the Deutsche Bank building in the 300 block of Royal Palm Way shortly before 11 a.m. Zahringer is managing director of the bank’s Palm Beach office.
Claar was the contact listed on a press release emailed to thePalm Beach Daily News about two hours before the planned action, meant to target “a few local investors who are financially responsible (for) the construction of the world’s next most devastating fossil fuels project, the Keystone XL pipeline.”
Deutsche Bank, along with Citibank, with a branch at 400 Royal Palm Way, both were the targets of Monday’s action, although protesters did not enter the Citibank office.
Eyewitnesses reported that after entering the bank Claar and a fellow demonstrator, who gave his name as “Pana,” took the elevator to the fifth-floor executive suite, while another protester attached a bicycle lock to the ground-floor entry doors. The man who locked the doors also was charged, as was another protester. More…