Meetings encourage E. Texans to stand up against Keystone XL pipeline
BIG SANDY, TX (KLTV) - Phase three of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, which connects central Oklahoma with the Texas Gulf Coast, is almost finished. A large portion of the pipeline goes right through East Texas. Julie Trigg Crawford, whose farm is now home to part of the pipeline, is reaching out to East Texans. She says people need to hear the scary truth behind the project.
"It hasn't been told to the landowners, 'Oh by the way this isn't your mama's crude.' This is a product that is like peanut butter. It sinks in water," Crawford says.
TransCanada legally took over Crawford's land because she wouldn't give it up. They just finished putting part of the Keystone XL pipeline under her farm and she's worried about what it's going to carry.
"This document they put in front of landowners says they want to build a 36 inch pipeline to the transportation of crude petroleum, oil, and oil by products. They don't give you any information about what the real product is or what it's like," says Crawford.
The real product, according to a non-profit group called Public Citizen, is diluted bitumen or tar sands.
"It has heavy lead, and there's hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide is a very toxic poisonous gas," says Tom Smith, a Texas office director for Public Citizen.
"I'm too mad right now to talk about it. it just seems like it's a one-way street and you're on the wrong side of the street," says Freddy Davenport who has a pipeline being built on his land in Collin County.
People at the meeting got a folder full of information about the Keystone XL pipeline and why East Texans should be concerned.
"These pipelines, and not just Transcanada, but Pegasus and Seaway, they are going under waterways that serve all of these communities in East Texas and no one knows about it," Crawford says.
She says some people do understand what's happening but feel like they can't do anything because the pipeline is already built.
"When something is wrong and it's already happened you don't say, 'well we just gotta let it go,' you stand up and make a difference."
Crawford and members of the Tar Sands Protection League are having a meeting in Tyler on December 4rd at the Rose Garden Center from 6:30-8:30pm.
They hope people will come to their meetings and will reach out to their state and local representatives about safety testing for the Keystone XL pipeline.
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