UP IN THE PINES TO STOP THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE Three hours north of Houston in Cherokee County, reports Brantley Hargrove, protesters interfering with a 485-mile section of TransCanada pipeline being built to carry diluted bitumen south to refineries on the Gulf Coast faced some resistance of their own: “[An] 18-wheeler bearing a cherry picker to pluck protesters out of trees slowed as it approached a shouting, sign-wielding crowd. Several young men leaped in its path. One fell beneath the truck. The others screamed and pounded the hood with their fists. A deputy rounded the front of the truck and drove the protesters back, loosing clouds of pepper spray. [A 75-year-old woman], standing off to the side of the road, caught a gust of the burning mist.” Separately, TransCanada’s website notes its plans for the Houston Lateral Project (shown in red on the map), a 47-mile spur that will come close to Beltway 8. [Houston Press; Gulf Coast Project] Map: TransCanada
“An 18-wheeler bearing a cherry picker to pluck protesters out of trees slowed as it approached a shouting, sign-wielding crowd.”
electric cattle prods had to fit somewhere in this story.
Yeah, I’n sure Keystone is braging about that on their website.
I hope the protesters rode their bicycles up to Cherokee county to perform their manifistations. Or side saddle on a burro.
Truth to power and all that …
I am an environmentalist and hardcore liberal but I dont see why all the protest over this pipeline. Its safe, its not like it will be leaking. This is something the environmentalists like myself should be for since being against this project only gives fodder to the likes of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh to hate us even more and back up the conservatives already false and propagandized image of us liberals.
In some cases, eminent domain really sucks when ‘you’ are the landowner.