Texans not happy with Keystone XL or TransCanada
On January 24th, the Los Angeles Times reported that Texans, among other groups, are outraged with the idea that a pipeline carrying tar sands heavy crude oil with toxic dilution agents is going to run across their land and there isn’t a lot they can do about it.
“Basically, what you’re saying is they’re going to shove it down our throat, whether we want it or not?” Charles Crouch, a former refinery worker, said at a meeting on the pipeline last month in Lufkin. “That’s hard to do in Texas, I’ll tell you. We get riled up, and we’re going to figure out a way to stop this thing.”
“You gotta be kidding!” one man in Tyler shouted when told that the 36-inch pipeline would run hot, corrosive oil through buried steel pipes whose walls are less than half an inch thick.
This is just another group of concerned citizens that joins a long list of people and groups who do not want the government to approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Private property owners in Oklahoma have filed suit again TransCanada and Nebraskans have taken to protesting at the state Capitol to get their voices heard. The Sierra Club has seen an influx in people, at their most recent meetings, to discuss the pipeline.
Even in Texas, dozens of people showed up at each of the Sierra Club meetings across the state in December, and many stayed on afterward to organize letter-writing campaigns and community resistance councils.
With the opposition to the Keystone XL growing, the State Department will soon decide whether it approves the trans-national pipeline. But the EPA remains adamant that more research is needed to assess the environmental harm that the pipeline will cause.