Tree-sitting is catching on in Texas

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From Green Right Now Reports

Another protestor of Keystone XL pipeline has taken to the trees in East Texas.

Kevin Redding

Inspired by a handful of kindred spirits who’ve been expressing their opposition to the pipeline via a tree blockade a few miles away, Kevin Redding, 22, of Austin, climbed into the timber at the West End Nature Preserve just outside Mt. Vernon, Texas.

Both Redding and six to eight people who’ve been encamped in treehouses near Winnsboro, Texas, are trying to stop or slow the bulldozing of trees to clear a path for the intercontinental pipeline.

The Winnsboro blockade marked its 18th day today.

Redding is a lifelong Texan, who gave this statement through Tar Sands Blockade:

“I want to defend our Texas wilderness from a multinational corporation’s blatant disregard for our landscape and clean water. I’m here to defend my landowner friends and their families from toxic tar sands spills that would poison their drinking water.”

Kevin wants to stop the clearing crews for TransCanada, operator of the pipeline, from destroying old-growth forest in the 455-acre land preserve.

The Keystone XL is being installed to carry tar sands oil from Alberta to refineries in Port Arthur, Texas.

Critics of the 1,700 mile pipeline say that the bitumen or diluted tar sands oil it will carry is more corrosive and more damaging in the event of a leak. They worry that it could corrode the pipeline, leading to leaks such as those that have plagued as a precursor pipeline of TransCanada’s.

Tar Sands Blockade members also include several residents who’re angry that the oil company has claimed their land against their will, using eminent domain measures.


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