POSTED: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 11:14am
Longview, TX — Protesters mounted a tree-top assault on Monday, aimed at halting TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline in Wood County.
Perched in makeshift houses in 80-foot trees, the protesters, calling themselves the Tar Sands Blockade, are “well-equipped and prepared to stay as long as it takes,” said Ron Seifter, a spokesman for the group.
This past week five protesters were jailed in Franklin County after chaining themselves to heavy equipment in an effort to thwart progress on the controversial pipeline which is being built to transport tar sands from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.
The Franklin five were jailed 48 hours before bond was set there on Class B misdemeanor charges of obstructing a highway or other passageway.
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