East Texans voice concerns about Keystone Pipeline
POSTED: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 5:51pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 6:03pm
The proposed TransCanada Keystone Pipeline will be making its way through parts of East Texas, affecting 15 area counties.
It's goal is to bring oil from Canada to refineries in the Gulf, but some residents are concerned.
Friday, a group of East Texans met in Tyler to voice their concerns about the pipeline and to learn more about how it might affect the area.
In the past, residents worried about the company's use of 'eminent domain', meaning, landowners would be forced to sell their property to the pipeline. But now, they say their main concern is the sand and oil mixture running through the pipeline.
They want to make sure that the quality of the pipe is kept to the highest standards to prevent corrossion and possible polution.
Eleanor Fairchild is a owns a farm in Wood County. Eleanor says, "i really wish it wouldn't come across here... but if it does come across here it should be built in a way that's as safe as possible."
Ground work on the Keystone Pipeline is already underway in the northern part of the country.
Texas is the last stretch of the project.