Saturday, October 20, 2012

Meet the Treehouse-Dwelling Protesters of the Keystone Pipeline

OCT 20 2012, 8:49 AM ET
They're not the only ones fighting the new supply line. So are East Texas landowners whose properties the construction cross-cuts.

Earlier this week, 50 environmental activists of the Tar Sands Blockade gathered in Winnsboro, Texas. They crossed an easement owned by TransCanada, the owner and builder of the controversial Keystone pipeline, in an effort to get supplies to a handful of their colleagues. These protesters have been living in the trees above one of the work sites in an attempt to stop construction. Two activists fastened themselves to heavy machinery, halting work at the site closest, while over a dozen others stood along the roadside holding protest signs.

The activists are not alone in their fight against the Keystone pipeline, which will transport tar sands from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. East Texas landowners are also fighting the pipeline. On October 4, 78-year-old Eleanor Fairchild and actress/environmental activist Daryl Hannah stood in the path of heavy machinery on Fairchild's property. They were arrested. Since then, 21 people, including Ms. Fairchild, have been served papers labeling then eco-terrorists, as part of a civil suit against them for work stoppages. Reporters, too, have been detained covering the tree sitters' protest, though the local police have not pressed charges against any of them. Access to the activists in the trees is now blocked off to all media. 

Go to the following link for the slideshow and the complete story in The Atlantic:
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/10/meet-the-treehouse-dwelling-protesters-of-the-keystone-pipeline
And more here from OneEarth.org:
http://www.onearth.org/article/keystone-xl-texas-landowners-arrests








Photos and stories by Julie Dermansky. Julie Dermansky is a multimedia reporter and artist based in New Orleans. She is an affiliate scholar at Rutgers University's Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. Visit her website at http://www.jsdart.com.

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