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Grassroots Movement Ready to Fight Against Pipeline

March 11, 2011

In the land where oil has always reined supreme, a new mentality is starting to take over. Activists in Texas are taking to the streets to inform and revolt against the purposed Keystone XL pipeline project and it has attracted international attention. The Guardian, a news publication from the United Kingdom, reported that a group of Texans traveled to Washington, D.C., in early March, to inform the Federal Government exactly how they feel about the project.

The grassroots rebellion will come to Washington on 9 March, just as the state department is due to decide whether to grant final approval to the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline. If it orders additional environmental or safety reviews it would force a delay in the construction start date, now set for the end of the year.

But a delay could also be forced by activists along the proposed pipeline route through Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. About 750 landowners have refused to allow the company, TransCanada Corp, on their land, setting the stage for court battles over compulsory purchase.

Eminent domain has played a large role in enraging Texans over the pipeline project. TransCanada has claimed eminent domain in all 6 states the pipeline will pass through, leaving angry landowners in its wake. The oil company has asserted that the pipeline will help alleviate the United State’s dependence on Middle Eastern oil, but many people are questioning how much will be sacrificed if the project is approved by the State Department.

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