For Immediate Release
Blockader Mans Tree Platform in Nature Preserve to Prevent Keystone XL Clear Cut, Launching 2nd Tree Sit Protest
WASHINGTON - A Texas man climbed up in a tree and is refusing to come down toprevent TransCanada from bulldozing a section of a nature preserve for its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Today’s events at West End Nature Preserve outside Mt. Vernon, Texas mark the second tree sit staged by Tar Sands Blockade. The other tree blockade, located just south of neighboring Winnsboro, Texas, marks its 18th day today.
Kevin Redding, 22, a lifelong Texan who currently resides in Austin, described his decision to climb the tree, “I want to defend our Texas wilderness from a multinational corporation’s blatant disregard for our landscape and clean water. I’m here to defend my landowner friends and their families from toxic tar sands spills that would poison their drinking water.”
Kevin intends to prevent TransCanada’s clearing crews from cutting a wide scar of destruction through the 455-acre land preserve. Unlike a crude oil pipeline, tar sands sludge must be diluted with extraordinarily toxic solvents and then heated to extreme temperatures to be pumped through the pipe. The Keystone I pipeline, Keystone XL’s predecessor, has leaked 12 times in its first year of operation alone. Keystone XL would carry a more toxic, pipe-corroding substance which could result in upwards of 1.7 million gallons a day of spilled sludge without even triggering TransCanada’s leak detection system.