POSTED: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 11:44am
Winona, TX — While the Keystone XL Pipeline has fueled a bitter battle between industry, landowners and environmentalists across East Texas, people living alongside the ruckus in Smith County voiced indifference Tuesday — to the pipeline and the protesters it has drawn from across the country.
The construction has sparked protests in Franklin, Wood and Nacogdoches counties and drew national attention when actress Darryl Hannah was arrested in Wood County.
Three people — all from out of state — were arrested Monday outside Winona after they crawled inside a section of pipe to stall work on the $7 billion project that will carry crude oil from Canada to the Texas coast.
But people who live east of Winona, near where the arrests took place, watched the events with detachment and disinterest.
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