While construction of the upper part of the Keystone XL, which crosses the Canadian/United States boarder, has at least temporarily been sent back, the construction of the lower part which starts in Cushing, Oklahoma is being allowed to start. However, they are being met with a day of action as we speak.
“TransCanada is putting families that wanted nothing to do with this pipeline in harm’s way,” Tar Sands Blockade Spokesperson Ron Seifert said. “Since our leaders and representatives will do nothing to protect our friends and neighbors, the Tar Sands Blockade is calling for people everywhere to join us and defend our local communities from a multinational bully.”- read more
It’s not just environmentalist that are protesting the pipeline, many landowners are upset over the use of eminent domain by a private and foreign company.
“TransCanada lied to me from day one,” says Susan Scott, a local landowner in East Texas whose land was expropriated. “I worked 37 years for my farm, and TransCanada believes it is entitled to a piece of my home.”- read more
This fight also has united people on the political right and left, as has been seen today at the blockades as environmentalists and tea partiers stand together to fight against the Keystone XL.
This blockade is still breaking news and more information will becoming in throughout the day. You can follow the news by following the hashtag #nokxl on Twitter, checking the Tar Sands Blockade website, or checking our Facebook page, we will be sure to share news as we see it.
Photo Credit: Tar Sands Blockade
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Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and freelance writer. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.