East Texans fight to stop TransCanada Pipeline
POSTED: Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 4:24pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 18, 2010 - 5:40am
Hank Gilbert talks with East Texans on Saturday
WINNSBORO - Many East Texans are concerned about the TransCanada Pipeline project. Today, Hank Gilbert, a lifelong rancher and Democratic candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner spoke to some concerned East Texans in Winnsboro.
The proposed TransCanada Pipeline is being planned to run from Canada to Houston. The point of the pipeline would be to bring oil from Canadian tar sands to refineries on the gulf coast.
The problem is - the proposed pipeline will run straight through land owned by East Texans whether they like it or not, because of imminent domain.
Many East Texans don't want the pipeline because of the risks involved to the environment and their land.
Today's meeting was held in Winnsboro at a place called "Fairchild Farms" - property in danger of the pipeline coming through. Mr. Gilbert said there are several things that communities can do to slow down or perhaps stop the pipeline process.
"There are luckily some statutes and some provisions in state law where we can do some things, and maybe change the course of this thing. Or slow it down, or stop it all together," Gilbert said.
Tonight at 10, we'll hear more from some of those that attended today's meeting and more about the advice Gilbert gave on how to fight the pipeline.