Texas is Willing to Put up the Fight
To say that Texans are angry over the Keystone XL pipeline running through their backyard, would be saying the least. They have become one of the most vocal groups protesting the building of the pipeline. On February 1, the Jacksonville Daily Progress reported that Texans are now receiving international attention due to their discontent with TransCanada.
Suzanne Goldenberg, U.S. environment correspondent for The Guardian, a London-based newspaper, came to Winnsboro Tuesday to talk to East Texas landowners that will be effected when the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline extends from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland and Houston.
Various organizations and people, including STOP (Stop Tarsands Oil Pipelines) were anxiously awaiting Goldenberg’s arrival. Besides being angry about an international company taking claim to their land, the people are also worried about the environmental degradation and the health risks that will ensue once TransCanada moves in. The pipeline is slated to run through the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer, which supplies water to 60 counties, 16 rivers and 21 lakes in the area.
“Our civil rights include but are not limited to the right to clean and safe water supplies, clean and safe air, clean and safe backyards, and the right to oppose a foreign and private company attempting to steal our land for private profits,” David Daniel, STOP organizer and landowner.
And this sentiment is echoed by many others who believe that TransCanada has over stepped its boundaries by filing suit against landowners who are unwilling to grant them easements to their land.
Although TransCanada has not yet received a Presidential Permit to begin construction, the company has already acquired easements from landowners. Against those who wouldn’t accept compensation for their land, TransCanada filed suits claiming eminent domain.