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Last November Lizzie Alvarado, Ben Reynoso and Julie Henry launched a short lived tree sit to blockade the Keystone XL pipeline being built through Texas. The local constabulary removed them from the trees using a cherry picker, after pepper spraying supporters on the ground to disperse them, and they are now being charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass, felony mischief, and felony use of a criminal instrument. A quick description of the action:

Today[November 19, 2012], four people locked themselves to heavy machinery used along the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route. They were joined by several others forming a human chain to block the movement of heavy machinery onsite, while more than 30 people walked onto the same construction site to halt work early this morning. Meanwhile, three others launched 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. Today’s Day of Action is in solidarity with local landowners struggling to protect their water and land from TransCanada’s toxic tar sands pipeline.
These brave protesters in Texas need our help! Their legal fund is seeking donations to help with the fines from the misdemeanor trespassing charge. They don't know exactly what the fines will be but any additional money they take in will be used for the legal funds of the other protesters arrested that day.

Ultimately, they are facing the potential of years in jail with all of these charges for an act of civil disobedience. So let's help them out so we can get back to stopping the pipeline.

Again, please donate! Everything helps.



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Originally posted to AoT on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 02:58 PM PDT.

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  •  For Texans to protest this is sort of (2+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III, AoT

    ridiculous. Natural gas is much cleaner than oil products are, and releases about 50% less carbon. Meanwhile, Texas is at the heart of the American oil industry. People in Texas should be protesting Texas, not this pipeline.

  •  This section of the Keystone pipeline was (4+ / 0-)
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    AoT, Bob Love, 6412093, PDiddie

    pushed by Obama. It will be needed to move the massive amount of oil now being fracked in the midwest. Currently, 70 to 85% of Baken shale oil is being transported by rail. It was a train carrying Baken oil to the east coast that derailed and killed 47 people in Canada. Baken fields are set to produce over a million bpd by 2014.

    A northern section of the Keystone will have to be built even if it doesn't tie in to the Canadian tar sands. As long as it doesn't cross the border, it doesn't need Obama's signature.

    I think fracking will end up being even more detrimental to the environment in the US - especially if it destroys groundwater.

    Obama, Cushing, Oklahoma, March 22, 2012.

    Now, under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years. (Applause.) That's important to know. Over the last three years, I’ve directed my administration to open up millions of acres for gas and oil exploration across 23 different states. We’re opening up more than 75 percent of our potential oil resources offshore. We’ve quadrupled the number of operating rigs to a record high. We’ve added enough new oil and gas pipeline to encircle the Earth and then some.

    So we are drilling all over the place -- right now. That’s not the challenge. That's not the problem. In fact, the problem in a place like Cushing is that we’re actually producing so much oil and gas in places like North Dakota and Colorado that we don’t have enough pipeline capacity to transport all of it to where it needs to go -- both to refineries, and then, eventually, all across the country and around the world. …

    So, yes, we’re going to keep on drilling. Yes, we’re going to keep on emphasizing production. Yes, we’re going to make sure that we can get oil to where it’s needed. But what we’re also going to be doing as part of an all-of-the-above strategy is looking at how we can continually improve the utilization of renewable energy sources, new clean energy sources, and how do we become more efficient in our use of energy. (Applause.)

    •  At this point direct action seems to be (2+ / 0-)
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      Claudius Bombarnac, cotterperson

      the only tactic we can rely on. I don't think these pipelines can be canceled unless there's legislative action. And even then there would probably be legal problems.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 03:53:57 PM PDT

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      •  I just saw this report about fracking in Texas (1+ / 0-)
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        AoT

        Direct action will only work if a large percentage of the public can be made aware of what is going on. The majority of people could care less as long as gasoline is cheap and Dancing With the Stars or Honey Boo Boo are on TV.

        Both sides of the house are completely bought and owned by big oil. I'm especially disappointed by Obama now fully embracing the industry. It appears he is going for the holy grail of having complete 'energy security' for the country before the end of his term.

        Texas Towns Frack Their Way To Drought Conditions

        Antonia Juhasz: Fate of Texas is a reminder of the dangers of hydro-fracking techniques now embraced by President Obama -   August 15, 2013


        More at The Real News
    •  The Bakken oil producers have rejected (0+ / 0-)

      offers of their own pipeline.  The north section of the XL does run near Bakken country but it could only take a little of that production.

      “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

      by 6412093 on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 05:24:24 PM PDT

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      •  The Keystone XL Phase IV pipeline was never (1+ / 0-)
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        PDiddie

        intended to take more than 100,000 bpd of Bakken oil.

        Bakken Marketlink Project

        The Bakken Marketlink project will provide receipt facilities to transport up to 100,000 bpd of crude oil from the Williston Basin producing region in North Dakota and Montana, to Cushing, Oklahoma and the U.S. Gulf Coast using facilities that make up part of the Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Project (Keystone XL).

        Koch Pipeline Co is exploring the possibility of constructing pipelines for Bakken shale oil to go east and south.
        UPDATE 1-Koch Pipeline seeks shipper interest in Bakken pipeline
        Jun 18, 201
        HOUSTON, June 18 (Reuters) - Koch Pipeline Co LP may build a 250,000 barrel-per-day North Dakota-to-Illinois pipeline to move Bakken shale oil to markets, if enough shippers show interest, the company said on Tuesday.

        On July 1, Koch will launch a non-binding, 45-day open season. If enough shippers show interest in the project during that time, the company will launch a binding open season to seek formal shipper commitments.

        If approved, the Dakota Express pipeline would start up in 2016 with an initial capacity of 250,000 bpd, Koch said. The company did not disclose its estimated cost.
        ...
        Koch said the company also will explore connecting to the proposed Eastern Gulf Crude Access Pipeline in Patoka, Illinois, a $1.5 billion joint venture of Energy Transfer Partners and Enbridge Inc, which would carry Bakken and Canadian heavy crude south to Louisiana refineries.
        ...
        "This project presents an opportunity for Koch Pipeline to meet the growing transportation needs required to support increased crude oil production in the Williston Basin" within the Bakken shale, the company said.

        If pipelines are not built, the oil will move by rail. There will be no stopping of it. 1/3 of the world's largest corporations are oil/gas related. They have too much power and control over governments at this time.
        Bakken Oil Continues Moving To The Pacific Northwest

        We’ve noted Bakken Oil can get premium prices on the West Coast before and more crude is making its way that direction. Most of the oil is moving by rail, but it is not being railed all the way to California.
        ...
        There are other projects that might come to fruition as well. Oil moving west is likely going to be a mainstay in North Dakota and Montana.

        In total, there are 10 rail terminals planned or under construction in Washington and Oregon.
        ...
        While pipelines are the cheapest, safest, and most efficient way to move crude, rail has become competitive due to price differences around the country and barriers to building pipelines. Pipelines face significant regulatory scrutiny and high initial capital costs.

        Kerrobert to build oil rail hub

        $100-million project largest in Western Canada

        The Kerrobert project would be the largest oil-by-rail port in Western Canada.

        Its capacity of 168,000 barrels per day is roughly one-fifth the total volume of oil proposed for Trans Canada's Keystone XL Pipeline, which drew widespread protests across North America and currently sits in regulatory limbo.

        Keystone, the Northern Gateway line to the British Columbia coast and other pipelines are facing stiff opposition. Canadian oil producers, particularly in the Alberta oilsands, say the delays in pipeline construction mean they can't ship out product fast enough.

        Until recently, sending the oil out by train was not economical, so capacity remained limited. As production increased and the pipeline backlog intensified, that all changed.

        •  A company called ONEOK also proposed (1+ / 0-)
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          Claudius Bombarnac

          a pipeline out of the Bakken but didn't find enough customers.

          “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

          by 6412093 on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 08:26:18 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Good for the Texans. (3+ / 0-)
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    AoT, BlackSheep1, cotterperson

    We should all support them.

    Ou sont les neigedens d'antan?

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 04:36:29 PM PDT

  •  Whistleblower showed (0+ / 0-)

    careless work by Transcanada in Texas and was fired by Transcanada. Excellent article dated Aug. 9 with pix in Texas Observer. A snip

    On a Wednesday in late June, Evan Vokes packed his only pair of shorts in a suitcase and boarded a plane to Dallas, happy to trade the chill of Calgary, Canada, for a Texas summer. Over the next four days, he’d travel by car and a low-flying Cessna from Paris south to Beaumont, following the route of the Keystone XL pipeline, slated to bring oil from the Canadian tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of arcane pipeline regulations, Vokes came to check out claims from landowners that his former employer—Canadian company TransCanada—was botching the job on the pipeline.

    For five years, Vokes had inspected TransCanada projects across North America and, too often for his liking, found they were poorly constructed and didn’t meet engineering codes. He’d tried to get his superiors to address the problems, to no avail, and was fired last year. In East Texas, he found that TransCanada hadn’t changed its way—even on what may be the most controversial pipeline ever proposed for North America
    ....

    In one of the photos, David Whitley—who owns 88 acres along the pipeline route near Winnsboro—stands in front of a cut-out piece of pipeline on his property. The words “dent cut out” are spray painted in red against the blue-green steel. Other landowners have seen similar cutouts or stakes in the ground with the words “anomaly” or “weld” written in Sharpie.

    Rita Beving of Public Citizen says she and Whitley approached an independent inspector working on Keystone XL in late May, who told them there were dozens of “anomalies,” or flaws, in the 60-mile stretch between the Sulphur and Sabine rivers. Beving and Vokes later flew the pipeline route from southeast of Tyler to Corrigan (about 25 miles south of Lufkin) and say they saw dozens of areas with exposed pipe, pipe cutouts and freshly reburied line.

    http://www.texasobserver.org/...

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 07:31:46 PM PDT

  •  I sent (0+ / 0-)

    $20 bucks

    Thanks for posting

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