Yesterday in Lufkin, TX, Nacogdoches resident Michael Bishop spoke before the Angelina & Neches River Authority on the dangers of water contamination from tar sands. Bishop, a former analytical chemist, detailed precisely how the carcinogenic substances contained within diluted bitumen would have catastrophic consequences for local water resources. This is a continuation of efforts to halt construction of the pipeline within Angelina County, which began on January 3rd when two Tar Sands Blockaders ascended trees on the proposed Keystone XL easement. That day, county officials discovered that the land on which construction was occurring wasn’t permitted to TransCanada, and was therefore illegal. As a result, construction in Diboll has not been allowed to continue.
In anticipation of TransCanada’s possible attempts to bully the county into allowing them to continue construction without any accountability for their illegal actions, community members and blockaders addressed the County Commissioner’s public meeting on January 22nd to urge them not to allow construction of the Keystone XL in Angelina County. The county has yet to reach a formal decision on the matter, and so we will also be attending the next commissioner’s meeting on February 12th to continue to stress the urgency of stopping this pipeline.
The January blockade brought to light TransCanada’s trespass on public property; construction has been halted for over 30 days, making this one of our most successful actions.