A pipeline slices through East Texas
POSTED: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 6:12pm
UPDATED: Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 3:11pm
There is a pipeline being planned that runs from Canada to Houston, and the goal is to bring oil from the Canadian tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
The problem is, that land is owned by East Texans, and they are mad.
David Daniel is a quiet carpenter who lives on 20 acres of thick East Texas woods near Winnsboro who found out about the pipeline when a neighbor called him to say, there were people on his land driving stakes in the ground.
They were from Transcanada, a pipeline company. And they were staking out a 150 foot swath through his land…land that is dotted with 100-year-old hardwoods with spring-fed creeks running like a spiderweb through the thick forest.
“I started asking questions about the project and I was told they had the power of eminent domain,” Daniel said. “I got a letter from their lawyer in Houston saying they had a right to come on the property and if I didn’t comply, they were going to take me to court.”
And soon, it may be a major construction site.
“The potential for disaster with my springs is pretty high,” David told us, “and they have no regard for my safety or the safety of my daughter from contamination, and they have no plan no emergency response”
Transcanada is sending thick, toxic crude from the tar sands of Canada to the gulf coast. And landowners in Oklahoma and texas are all facing the same issues. They are the last legs of the Keystone Pipeline, and transcanada is playing rough.
That’s why David and others in the area in a similar situation, from retirees to developers who have run into the juggernaut that is Transcanada. ..met today to form S.T.O.P or STOP THE TARSANDS OIL PIPELINES.
Representatives from the consumer group Public Citizen were there to help them, but David says, Texas politicians have done nothing to help.
“I found out that their papers with the EPA weren’t in order and they didn’t have Presidential permission, so I was duped. The county commissioners only know that it will run underneath some roads. I’ve written senators and congressmen but haven’t gotten an answer,” Daniel said.
“Who’s your congressman?” we asked.
At the meeting they voted to form a non-profit entity and work with the state and federal government to try to stop or reroute the proposed pipeline.
But given the response they’ve gotten so far…the folks from STOP are seemingly on their own.